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Sherlock Holmes

Monday, January 04, 2010

Posted by Jennifer Blasen

My boyfriend Curtis and I used two Regal Cinema movie passes we receive from family every Christmas to view Sherlock Holmes last Saturday evening.  Holmes took us on an adventure of mystery, action, and suspense to find the truth, save the world from evil and reignite the legend of detective Holmes – the Nancy Drew of the 1800’s.

Robert Downey Jr as Dr. Sherlock Holmes is extreme, neurotic, and entertained by performing sleep-inducing experiments on his dog (the dog-lover in me was not amused). Holmes battles fiercely in the first scene and later fights in a bare-knuckle boxing match in London. Between detective work and battle scenes, the film carefully develops the ‘bromance’ between Holmes and his loyal partner Dr. Watson played by Jude Law. Holmes is afraid of losing Watson, even to a woman, and disapproves of his engagement. Their bond is obvious but not overdone or fake.

I was curious to see how Rachel McAdams would portray a woman in the 1800 Victorian era, as her recent roles have been lighter in films such as: Wedding Crashers, The Family Stone, and my favorite romantic book turned film The Notebook. In the film McAdams plays Holmes love interest, Irene Adler. Although we don’t fully understand the history between Holmes and Adler we understand the connection between them and Holmes unyielding willingness to save McAdams from the villain Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). I expected a step-up acting opportunity for McAdams, but was a disappointed by her appearances. Perhaps it wasn’t entirely her fault- there was a huge lack of lines and plot given to the Irene Adler character altogether.

I would recommend adding Sherlock Holmes to your BluRay collection for its spectacular images of developing London such as a gravel road to Big Ben and the construction of London Bridge. The Runco QuantumColor Q-750i will enhance and enrich black tones in night scenes (there are several in the film- watch the movie trailer to see a few). By the end of the film, like all good mysteries, each clue is realized and the pieces of the puzzle come together with the help of the fearless sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

~Jennifer is a Linfield College Wildcat and has enjoyed her work with Runco for the past 3 years. In her spare time she enjoys running, golfing, working in the garden, and trying new things in the kitchen.

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