Sherlock Holmes was very underwhelming. Robert Downey Jr. sometimes spoke too hurriedly to be understood. The plot line was murky and there was too much meaningless action. Moreover, as a standalone, the story failed to give the audience a sense of how or why, in Watson's right mind, he and Holmes were friends. I would have enjoyed it more if the film were an introduction to their friendship, so I could understand why I should care. Lord Blackwood was weak sauce as a villian - I am glad that Moriarty wasn't wasted in this film, his viliany was too sublime to be wasted on this story. Save your money or go see "Up In The Air" or "The Hurt Locker" instead.