Re-watched this for kicks a few nights ago and all-in it’s still a pretty good scifi action film. Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie Ann-Moss, however are not too swell on the whole acting bit.
Direction-wise, I think the 1-on-1 action scenes (however cheesy) are better filmed than more complex sequences. On this viewing, the famous lobby shootout felt sloppy, disconjointed, and more like a bad ass music video with Doc Martens than a tight action sequence. A bit dated, but still pretty intriguing.
Will watch the other 2 out of sheer curiosity (truly don’t remember them at all)
Entertaining enough, but instead of turning Holmes into a James Bond, I would have much preferred a smaller, more scaled down old-fashioned mystery.
A Game of Shadows suffers the same fate as numerous sequels by attempting to out-do everything they did in the first one. Bigger, badder bad guy, more slow motion, more humor, etc etc. Yes, some scenes were very stylish, but lacked substance and heart.
I was really hoping for better, but I got what I expected from the trailer.
About 4 years and probably 6 viewings later, this movie still leaves me stunned. I hesitate to recommend it to people, though, because the plot is incredibly, intricately slow. I liken it to The Wire, in that the reward is not so much a plot device, but the intense character study that pervades the entire piece. Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano owned their roles in a chilling way. Johnny Greenwood's score could not be more perfect. And P.T. Anderson made his masterpiece.