20 Reasons I Love Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes"
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20 Reasons I Love Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes"

Bombastic action. Witty humor. Robert Downey Jr. What more do you need?

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20 Reasons I Love Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes"
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You know how I said in one of my earlier articles that I'm a huge nerd when it comes to "The Lord of the Rings"? Well, I may also be a huge nerd when it comes to "Sherlock Holmes" in any of his incarnations. From the brilliance of Basil Rathbone's performance as one of the first Sherlocks, to the cunning and well-written detective of the literary incarnation, and even to the consistently-frustrating BBC "Sherlock" series that I currently have a bone-deep love/hate relationship with (that's leaning more toward hate nowadays.) If it's Sherlock Holmes-related, you can bet that I'm partaking in it.

This obsession of mine actually began when I happened upon my parental units watching Guy Ritchie's 2009 action/mystery "Sherlock Holmes." I was immediately enthralled with everybody's performances, and the over-the-top action, while diverging spectacularly from the source material, spoke to my American soul in a way that nothing really has since I binged on 80's action flicks one summer. It was funny, action-filled, suspenseful, and suitably dramatic for my tastes.

And so, to convey my gratitude to Guy Ritchie and Co., I'm going to list the 20 reasons I have to love Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes."


1. The soundtrack gets you hyped: seriously hyped. That opening sequence makes me ready to chase someone down a cobblestone street in Victorian London.

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2. The slo-mo fight scenes are boss. These are some of the best uses of slow motion I have ever seen in a movie.

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3. John. Hamish. Watson.

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4. Clarkie is an incredible man and we need to take care of him.

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5. The set and costume designs are exceptional. As a Victorian-era geek, I can honestly say the anachronisms are pretty few when it comes to sets and costumes in this movie.

6. We can all identify with Sherlock.

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7. Miss Mary Morstan: an exceptionally lovely badass.

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8. It’s worth repeating: we can all identify with Sherlock.

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9. Mark Strong as Lord Blackwood: A+ Casting.

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10. “You have the grand gift of silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”

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11. Fighting over the waistcoat in the hansom.

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12. The mini-confrontation between Sherlock and Blackwood in the prison. Two analytical minds working to psych one another out just appeals to me.

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13. The love of my life (next to Mary Morstan): Irene Adler.

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14. “It’s a matter of professional integrity."

15. “Oh, Dredger!”

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16. “Watson… What have you done?”

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17. The supernatural portion of the plot is actually pretty creepy.

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18. The visual effects are pretty solid.

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19. The tone of the film switches beautifully from scene to scene. The humor is suitably humorous and not out of place, the creepy scenes are appropriately ambient and eerie, and minute effects tie everything neatly together.

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20. And finally, the man himself: Sherlock Holmes.

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Thank you, Guy Ritchie, for making one amazing movie that hits all of my good-time buttons, and for giving me one hell of an introduction to the Sherlock Holmes fandom! And special thanks to the cast and crew of the film, without whom the film would not be nearly as incredible as it is!


I got very pissed off at BBC Sherlock while making this list. If you'd like to see the rants resulting from getting the wrong Sherlock while searching for images, go ahead and check out my Twitter page. Who knows: we may be compatible.

And if you're interested in checking out some original writing projects I work on, check out this site. I'm currently working on a Choose Your Own Adventure novel on a large scale--regular updates will be posted there!

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The rising popularity of online college and graduate school degrees has completely changed the face of education and student life. It's no longer necessary to pack up all your belongings and head off to a distant locale in order to earn a diploma. Nowadays, many working adults, high school graduates, and retired lifelong learners are choosing to advance their careers, lives, and personal knowledge by completing school at home.

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What I am thankful for

I am saying one thing that I am thankful each day for until Thanksgiving. You try it to it will bring you joy.

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It's Thanksgiving time
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November 1st, I am thankful for God and Jesus. I put my faith in them, they protect and help me through the happy and the sad in life. I could not imagine a world without them.

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