Sherlock Holmes: Impressive Abs, Unmemorable Action

It isn't surprising that Guy Ritchie would turn Sherlock Holmes into an action hero. What's surprising is how bland the results are

Robert Downey Jr., left, and Jude Law star in Sherlock Holmes.

Since his introduction to the world in 1887 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes has been much celebrated for his cleverness. He's a cerebral detecting machine, able to slip in and out of disguises and make it all look "elementary." But have his steely abs ever been given their proper due? Have we remarked enough on what a cutie pie he is, especially when bantering with Dr. Watson?

No and no, but director Guy Ritchie is trying hard to correct our mistake with his populist version of Sherlock Holmes, which features Robert Downey Jr.'s...

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