Robert Downey Jr Month #2: Sherlock Holmes, The Avengers

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes stops a man before he can kill another woman; he also sees the man responsible, Blackwood, hang for his crimes. Holmes figures out that Blackwood has worked this into his plans and is far from done, he has much bigger plans in store. Stars Rachel McAdams, Jude Law, and Mark Strong. Directed by Guy Ritchie.

This was a great film. Robert Downey, Jr. shines; most Americans cannot pull of an English accent, but this man can do any accent. As well as play any part. It was really no wonder that Robert was nominated for his role in this film. Do not get me wrong, however, that while I praise only Downey that he is the only one worth mentioning. McAdams, Law, and Strong turn in stellar performances. Guy Ritchie did a good job with the film, as well. It was a nice touch to see the character partaking in bare knuckle boxing, planning each punch as well as what would happen to his opponent who received the menacing blows, and playing the drug user. It was also humorous to see what Holmes was doing to Watson’s dog; not to mention Holmes and Watson’s contentious relationship that the two share. The film features a good story worthy of the Sherlock Holmes name and the famous detective’s time. Holmes is of course able to thwart what Blackwood was planning on doing.

The Avengers

The Avengers assemble to stop Loki from using his army of aliens to take over the earth. The group is not good at working as a team, they quickly find out, and they need proper motivation to help them pull together. Stars Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Joss Whedon.

This movie was fantastic. It was what the first two “Iron Man” movies, “The Incredible Hulk” that starred Edward Norton as Bruce/ Hulk, “Thor”, and “Captain America” were all leading up to. It was the biggest problem they had ever faced, and it forced them to pull together. The film does, however take some time to get going; the group is off each doing their own thing, and needs to be called in. The beginning of the film was a little slow, but the more you watch of the movie, the more interesting things get. Tony is his usual snarky and smart ass self, and as predicted, he does not do well to playing with a team. Although he does have some luck getting along fine with Bruce Banner. “Avengers” features a lot of action, especially when the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. battle the aliens Loki brought to Earth, but the movie features a story too. None of the team members works well as a team, they spend about half of the movie fighting with each other over how to take care of Loki. They have little time to put aside their differences and work together, no time to really hate each other. They are finally able to save New York, and therefore the day.

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