Gotta admit, I don't have any pretentious rationale for stealing this movie. It hasn't been released on DVD yet and I hate going to the movie theaters and I just wanted to watch it. I was supposed to go watch Avatar today but the thought of sitting through 2 and a half hours of some stretched out hippie smurfs leaping out at the screen at me, just made my stomach turn.
So, bit-torrent it was. Honestly I thought this movie was going to be shit. Sure Robert Downey Jr. has been on quite a roll recently but Guy Ritchie definitely has not. I wasn't really keen on another retelling of the Sherlock Holmes tale and a bunch of slow-mo, alternating view point, action scenes didn't seem like it was going to add much. The middling reviews I'd heard seemed to agree.
But, what the hell, it was one of those days where a stupid action movie would hit the spot. And, low though they were, my expectations were greatly exceeded. This is a return of the slick Guy Ritchie who directed Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. It was exactly what I needed. Fun and fast paced with great performances by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. It does help if your brain isn't spinning at too great an RPM but a good ride all the same. I look forward to the inevitable sequel. And I will, once again, purchase the blu ray when it comes out for whatever klepto karma that gets me.