AWFUL: Roxburgh terribly miscast as Holmes
Read the Sherlock Holmes stories, particularly THE HOUND, and you will understand why Roxburgh is all wrong as Holmes. The writer who must take the blame for the screenplay has misunderstood, misconceived, and utterly failed to execute anything resembling a faithful Sherlock Holmes adaptation. The same goes for the followup with Rupert Everett. Ian Hart is badly miscast as Watson, as well. Although Roxburgh and Hart might be competent in other roles, they have done themselves no credit here.
When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes he got it right the first time. It doesn't need to be revised or reinvented. The are clear reasons why Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, and Jeremy Brett are so memorable as Holmes. Today, the leading contenders for Holmes are Daniel Day Lewis and Christopher Eccelston. Robert Downey, Jr. need not have applied. He couldn't be more wrong for it.
If you doubt what I'm saying, read the original Holmes stories. They speak for themselves.