Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes Trailer Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law


It’s been a long time since I’ve had much interest in a new Guy Ritchie movie, but I have to say, the first trailer for his re-envisioning of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has me intrigued. Oh sure, there are plenty of over-the-top stunts and explosions and the now obligatory speed-ramping during action sequences (which, if you ask me, is completely out of place for a movie set in Victorian Era England). But I do think that Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law seem like a good pair to play Holmes and Watson, and the trailer shows off a sense of humour and Indiana Jones-esque adventure that could be awesome if done right.

There’s a part of me that thinks they are once again trying too hard to modernize something that doesn’t need modernizing (Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, anyone?), but hey, if Star Trek can pull it off, maybe Sherlock Holmes can too. Producer Lionel Wigram and artist John Watkiss did a rough 25-page comic book to sell their new vision of Sherlock Holmes to studios, but I think a lot will depend on the script by Ritchie, Mike Johnson and Anthony Peckham (The Human Factor, Don’t Say a Word). The movie hits theatres on November 20th… will it be the rebirth of another classic franchise?

  • Bob The Slob

    (which, if you ask me, is completely out of place for a movie set in Victorian Era England)

    What does it matter when it’s set? a technique can only be out of place in the “piece”…the content shouldn’t matter either way. It all depends on the tone.

  • 1138

    It’s a weird trailer. I kind of feel it wants to be something else yet it’s shot like a modern day adventure. I guess it’s just me since I was kind of expecting a period piece with modern sensibilities, but the whole things just look modern, from the acting to the cinematography.

    Sometimes things just don’t need to be entirely modernized…they just need to be done well with some things added.

  • Ian

    hmmm … I think I’m less excited now. But that could just be all the trailer moment crap. The Holmes/Watson chemistry looks good. Though I wonder if the plot isn’t riffing on young Sherlock Holmes?

  • Bas

    Seems a bit more ‘Van Helsing’ than ‘Indy’ to me, but Robert Downey Jr. looks like he is making it worth the watch, like Depp did with the Pirates flicks.

  • modesilver

    Oh boy here we go. People are picking the trailer apart!

    I personally liked the trailer a lot. The movie feels like it’s made for a modern audience (which it should) and yet it captures the feel of the past. One thing that I did not like was the slow-mo fighting scenes. The comedy was a pleasant surprise to me! RDJ is killing it!

  • Goon

    other than the slo-mo (which for all i know works in the context of the film) I dont see what all the fuss is about. It looks fun and thats all a Ritchie produced Holmes movie should be expected of.

  • brandi

    I enjoyed the trailer. I like the idea of a Sherlock Holmes flick because it will expose younger audiences to the character’s legend. It does kind of look like they’re making him out to be a superhero and shooting the movie in a similar fashion. I’m glad Law is going back to playing ugly guys with substance, he seems to have a lot of talent for that. But I’m not excited to see Rachel McAdams in this flick. She’s clearly only there to provide the required ass for the film and I guess to prove that however much chemistry they have, holmes and watson are not gay. I can’t wait till it comes out.

  • is this the 300 version of Sherlock?

  • Matt K

    DAMN!!!!, Racheal McAdams looks hot in Lingerie

  • stevie_boy

    Why does this film have explosions. It’s a pet peeve of mine that a film, no matter the context will feature colourful pyrotechnics. Doesn’t matter if it’s set in Victorian Era England or on a desert island, there will always be enough barrels of blackpowder/rum/etc for a big explosion from which the hero can either jump away with microseconds to spare or even worse… walk away slowly (because he’s a badass, right?)

    I thought Sherlock Holmes was the definition of a sleuth. A mystery thriller or who-dun-it. Instead we get Sherlock Holmes The Cage-Fighter. What the Christ?