Rating: 3.5 of 5
I never really felt driven to see this, because I don’t really love Robert Downey Jr. and I’ve kind of been over Jude Law since 2004 (more for cheating on his wife with his nanny than the massive glut of his movies from that year). What I forgot to factor in, however, was that I really like Guy Ritchie!
So, I was kind of surprised that I liked it. Even though at first Robert Downey Jr. mumbled and that wasn’t fun and didn’t help drawing me into such a different world. And even by the end I felt the whole plot was a little muddled. I mean, I understood what happened I just wasn’t 100% clear on everyone’s motivation. Or maybe I didn’t believe the motivation they gave me and thought there must be something I missed. Quite possibly while Robert Downy Jr. was mumbling.
Aside from that, I though the performances were all rather good (save for Rachel McAdams who I generally like but felt was a little out of her element here). But Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. both handled odd sort of characters believably and weren’t too lost in the quick dialog.
But Guy Ritchie is just so good. The whole film is a bit odd, but so cohesive in it’s oddness that it creates a rather brilliant style that is quite engaging. I didn’t think, “This is amazing” while I was watching it, but afterward I was impressed.