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New 'Sherlock Holmes' Trailer Intrigues, Bewilders

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May 19, 2009 | 2:08pm EDT

Today Warner Bros. dropped the first full-length trailer for Sherlock Holmes, featuring Robert Downey Jr. in the titular role of the intrepid British detective. Shot in director Guy Ritchie’s trademark quick-cut, hyperactive style, the new clip casts Holmes as unkempt, unshaven and uninterested in generally accepted standards of behavior, which is pretty much in-line with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original vision of the character.

It’s a fine trailer, to be sure, and all signs point to Ritchie continuing his post-Madonna renaissance. However, questions about the trailer remain: What made Holmes join an underground fight club? Where did the nunchucks come from? Why is Rachel McAdams dressed like a dominatrix? And finally, how come Downey’s English accent is better than Jude Law’s?

Hopefully, some of these questions will be answered in subsequent trailers. Until then, check out the current one for yourself. Sherlock Holmes opens in theaters December 25, 2009.

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