I might as well say that I am a man that has read his own fair share of Sherlock Holmes tales and has seen quite a few interpretations of the famous detective. With me, his brain and his powers of deduction have been something of a complete influence on my life as I strive to be more like him and it is easy to see that both Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr. have tried to do so and what we get from them is a version of Holmes that is like the original character, yet refreshing to watch. Sherlock Holmes is timeless and always will be, but what this film does is brings the character up to date and sets it in something of a steampunk like setting (well, has the influence with the overall look). One of the main advantages that this film has is that it is not really based off of any particular, but goes back to the characters, uses certain ones from various tales, and creates a fresh, and in some respects original plot. Now, this is a plus because when watching this film, if it was a strict retelling of any of the original stories, then it would not really have worked. There is something inherently Victorian about Sherlock Holmes, and having him now be in turn of the century England, it helps a great deal with how he is presented: an alcoholic, Bohemian in style, basic lunatic half of the time while having more gadgets then I can even remember. But what sells this film, more than anything else, is the performances of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. The chemistry between these two constantly had me laughing from start to finish because of how close they are. In the books, it was hinted at that there was something of a 'bromance' between the two of them, but they kept things strictly professional. Here, there is really nothing professional and what we get is one of the most humorous, refreshing teams I have seen in a long while. With Downey, he has basically been playing this character for some time: sarcastic, a tad bit insane, but all together completely unique. But what sells the performance even more is with how he takes some of Holmes's trademark qualities (antisocial, never fits well with the public, no one really understanding him) and breathes new life into them. Plus, there is just a subtle dark humor quality that does lighten the mood of the film up. In short, this is a dark, brooding film and if it was not for the odd humor it would be something of a bore to sit through. With Judd Law, I have seen him in some films, but here he feels more at home by playing a Watson I have been expecting and wanting: willing to do anything for Holmes, but is questioning why he does so. This is mainly shown halfway into the film where we start to see Watson wanting to leave this life and to have something of a regular life with a wife and maybe some demon spawns. I am not that familiar with the films of Guy Ritchie, but Sherlock Holmes is easily one of the most entertaining films I have seen from 2011. The main reason why this works is due to the wit of the script, the chemistry between the leads, and how Ritchie does update the film for modern times. I might as well say this now: never expect a straight adaption of Holmes for it probably will never work. With the way films are now a days, the way people want crime tales, Holmes is best left alone and in the original stories and novels. But should he be attempted to bring to the screen, this is how it needs to be done.