Surely one of the most anticipated movies of 2009 is Guy Ritchie’s telling of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle detective character, Sherlock Holmes. It stars Robert Downey Jr. as the titular character, with supporting performances from Jude Law (as Sherlock’s faithful Dr. Watson), Mark Strong and Rachel McAdams.

So far we’ve had looks at the Sherlock Holmes movie from various different images, but no video footage to whet our appetites. However, that’s no longer the case as today we have the first trailer for Sherlock Holmes for your viewing pleasure… and let me tell you it is awesome. Check it out below:

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From the look of the trailer, it appears that director Guy Ritchie has gone in both an action and a comedic direction with the classic detective character. There are many stylish elements that we can see just from that two-plus minutes of footage – in particular the slow-motion portion of a fighting sequence, which is something that may get on some people’s nerves (this stylistic nature is why some people loathe Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).

Who knows if the stylistic choices of Ritchie will hold the film back, but pretty much everything else looks spot-on. Robert Downey Jr. is one of the best actors working today, and he looks like he’s added another fantastic performance to his resume. It’s really astounding how he is able to slip into these roles – his accent and mannerisms as Sherlock are nothing less than perfection.

Law as Dr. Watson I thought was an iffy casting choice when it was first announced, but looking at him in the trailer he seems to fit the part very well. There’s not much of McAdams and Strong to go on, but none of them look weak or out of place.

I was extremely glad to hear that this incarnation of Sherlock Holmes would include his fighting and martial arts skills that are, unbeknownst to most people, actually part of his original description when he was created well over 100 years ago. And it looks like Ritchie has put that to good use: It’s a bit more action-heavy than I would have thought (maybe that’s just a decision of the studio to get people into the theater), but it’s a new version and I think there should be a blank slate given to try out different things.

The comedic aspect seems to work very well, too. It’s very hard to do action-comedy without it just feeling like two different movies forced together (*cough* Transformers *cough*), and it looks like Ritchie has gotten the right balance here.

Here’s hoping the actual movie turns out as good as the trailer…

What is your opinion on the first trailer for Sherlock Holmes? Is it what you hoped it would be?

Sherlock Holmes is scheduled to be released on Christmas Day in the US, and on Boxing Day in the UK this year.

Source: Yahoo