We just got back from the earliest showing we could get a sitter for. I can say with confidence that my fears about this movie were totally unfounded, and I now hold Guy Ritchie and these writers in the highest regard. Without going into
spoilers, here are the three concerns that were put entirely to rest: 1) After seeing the trailer, my biggest worry was the use of “bullet-time” type photography during a Victorian-era movie. I thought it would be completely anachronistic and pointless. However, they’d already established in this movie and the previous one that Holmes is hyper-aware of his surroundings. The bullet-time was used to convey how traumatic a couple of scenes were to someone with that type of awareness, and it worked beautifully.
2) Jared Harris looked so vanilla and soft in the promo pics and trailers that I couldn’t imagine him as a fearsome adversary for Holmes. However, his Moriarty is so devious and cunning, and at one time downright sadistic, that I don’t think they could have made a better choice. A couple of times I felt like he was channeling his father (the outstanding Richard Harris) without the warmth and empathy that the late actor conveyed. Can you imagine Richard Harris as a cunning, calculating perfectionist that’s totally devoid of concern for human life? You won’t have to after watching his son. It’s freaky. And he sings.
3) Holmes’ relationship with Watson (and in a small way, Irene Adler) is fantastically developed. Saying any more than that would be too spoilery.
So, watching this w/ my husband(who is a die-hard Sherlock fan, and used to read Sherlock Holmes aloud to me every rainy night, complete w/ voices) was a fabulous experience. We can’t wait to see it again, and own it.