More true to the pretentious, self-absorbed, drug-addicted, and exceptional investigative mind of the original books, Downey's Sherlock Holmes character is simultaneously thoroughly appreciable and throughly reprehensible. When a superior adversary plays on the fears and superstitions of average people, in order to realize a truly megalomaniacal objective, Sherlock is the only one sufficiently intelligent and sufficient crazy enough, to solve the plot. Sherlock's madness, obsession with Dr. Watson (possibly the only "friend" he's had in his entire life), and willingness to look far beyond common perceptions of what constitutes reality, allow him, along with his oddly talented physical prowess, to win the day, for Great Britain, and for the common good. Some of the more interesting elements involve a thoroughly talented, yet entirely criminal, fem fatale (whom Sherlock thoroughly lusts after and / or loves) and Sherlock's ability to rapidly access physical weaknesses of combatants whom he is up against (ingenuously captured by Guy Ritchie, in brief, Sherlock-narrated summaries of his brain's thoughts, the likes of which we can see are instantly postulated in Sherlock's mind, allowing him to overwhelm any opponent, in a fight, played in slow motion, then executed in real time). Guy Richie is a incredibly talented director and filmmaker. His attention to detail, in terms of wardrobe, architecture, and other historical markers, make this mid-19th Century detective drama a sheer pleasure to absorb. Bravo to a rare gem of a movie that provides drama, comedy, action, adventure, and intellectual stimulation, with no apologies.