Downey gives a textbook performance as "Sherlock Holmes." While not pushing Rasil Rathbone's iconic image out of the spotlight, Downey does capture Rathbone's vocal cadence. Downey does not look the part, but he certainly creates an original interpretation. Downey's Sherlock Holmes is a victim of being consistently the smartest man in the room.
No longer having the burden of being married to Madonna, Guy Ritchie has directed his best movie, finally revealing his potential since his British flicks, "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch."