When I was a teenager and living in Moscow, one of my favourite movies was a Russian version of Sherlock Holmes, with Vasylyi Livanov as the formidable detective and Vitalyi Solomin as the faithfull side-kick Dr. Watson. When I heard that Guy Ritchie made a film about the famous detective it aroused my curiosity, even though I found Layer Cake (so many guys I know love it, not least because Sienna Miller is in it…) and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels were too violent for my liking.
The fact that Robert Downey Jr was fronting this project made me want to see this film twice as much, because, as far as I am concerned, he is so versatile as an actor, he can play anyone, blowing you away every single time with his talent and charisma. His Sherlock Holmes is handsome, smart and damn sexy, and while Jude Law does nothing for me, he plays Dr. Watson well. The film is shot beautifully and it keeps the pace, while you sit on the edge of your seat (or sofa) with bated breath, wondering what twist will come next. All I can say is that I hope there will be a sequel or pre-quell.