the humor between robert downey (sherlock holmes) and jude law (dr john watson) is present, the desaturated and high contrast colors of the film is there to give you the grimy, dirty, and dark old english atmosphere, the holmes-watson bromance is there, the not so femme fatale rachel mc adams (irene adler) is also there, but the high level of mystery and the escalating suspense that should have drawn you to the climax is foggy.
i don’t know exactly, but in some levels, the movie feels like it is taking you in many different directions with various rapid change of pace (much like the camera work in the film) without really knowing exactly where it is going to take you. at one point, you see rapid moving images and then it suddenly stops, and then it goes fast again, and then it does the matrix slow-mo effects, and then you wonder what the hell is happening again?
the movie is ok, but it could have been better. i blame this feeling to the screenplay draft that i got somewhere from the internet months before it was released in cinemas. that draft where lord blackwood is portrayed to be scarier and darker with lots of cult followers and where horses submerged in huge tanks are used instead of pigs to generate the chemical formula for the explosives that could blow the queen and the whole british parliament into pieces, is more exciting and interesting than what has been shown on the movie. i got more excitement and suspense reading the screenplay draft rather than watching the film. in the screenplay draft, the detailed figh scene among holmes, blackwood and irene adler is much more interesting than the battle that ensued in the film after blackwood’s plans have been foiled.
but despite the soporific air that i experienced from watching the film, it reminded me of one thing: that like holmes, you can always use the power of your deductive reasoning to dig out the solutions to the mysteries that lie in front of you.