Glorious adventure, but with some very dark elements
For me, the movie was just bellow a resounding success. The acting was mediocre, but the idea and plot made up for it well. However, despite being a movie aimed at a younger audience, it as certainly very gory, at least in ideas.
One girl (aged perhaps 16) is seen being wrapped alive and semi-conscious in linen, and then covered in boiling wax. She screams and Holmes tries to intervene, but is unsuccessful. It is suggested that 3 other girls have met the same fate, and one main character very nearly does as well. Also, one main character is shot and dies, but there is no blood at all and the acting is pretty awful.
However, these dark elements are practically compulsory in a Sherlock Holmes movie, especially if its aim is to explain how he became who he was in the original novels.
Another thing that surprised me was that Watson is briefly shown attempting to smoke a pipe, and Sherlock is scornful when he doesn't manage. But, once again, this can be explained away by the aim of the movie. After all, in the novels Sherlock and Watson are both said to smoke pipes, and Sherlock is also an occasional cocaine user, so having evidently occasionally smoked in his youth is not surprising.
In conclusion, the movie is perfect for teenage Holmes fans, but may be a bad choice for more sensitive younger children.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking