You may feel a little overwhelmed if you’ve seen everything Netflix has added today, as there’s definitely no shortage of phenomenal new content to dive into right away. Whether you’re checking out the hilarious comedy Superbad, digging into the mob classic Goodfellas, or checking out the three Leonardo DiCaprio movies that were added today, Catch Me If You Can, The Departed, and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, there’s obviously a little something for everyone.
But DiCaprio isn’t the only one who just had multiple flicks land on Netflix. Robert Downey Jr. has two new movies on the service today, and while his 2003 supernatural thriller Gothika may be an acquired taste, his exceptional 2009 action comedy Sherlock Holmes is certain to be quite a lot more enjoyable for a wider audience.
Though it’s labeled as a mystery movie – and certainly contains plenty of the character’s trademark sleuthing – Guy Ritchie’s take on Sherlock Holmes is a lot more action-focused and features an unexpected level of lighthearted but occasionally intense violence. Downey and his endless charisma makes Holmes a much more intriguing and enjoyable character to focus on throughout the film’s lengthy runtime, and his co-star Jude Law turns in an equally excellent performance as Holmes’ well-known sidekick Dr. John Watson.
Sherlock Holmes did decently with critics, snagging a solid 69% on Rotten Tomatoes and earning itself plenty of praise for its fun action sequences and stellar performances from its lead characters. Some reviewers, however, stated that they felt the violence wasn’t a great fit for the legendary detective, so if you’re a purist, this one might irk you a little. For everyone else, though, this is easily one of the most exciting movies currently available on Netflix.
The film’s 2011 sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was the final film in the series, though rumors have circulated in recent years that the chance for a third movie isn’t completely out of the question – it just might be a bit before it comes to fruition. Either way, now is a perfect time to begin catching up on this Robert Downey Jr. hit just in case.