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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
The Game is Afoot.
There is a new criminal mastermind at large--Professor Moriarty--and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil and lack of conscience may give him an advantage over the detective.
I think BBC's Sherlock has spoiled me...
I used to love the Hollywood Sherlock Holmes films. Now, while still entertaining, they are like a handjob compared to BBC Sherlock. I like it, but you know what I really want. It's not as good as the real deal, Mr. Hollyfield.
Maybe I should say it like this...
Robert Downey Jr. is great as Sherlock.
Benedict Cumberbatch on the other hand, phenomenal and I can't see anyone else in the role.
Jude Law is great as John Watson.
Martin Freeman is excellent.
Irene Adler in this film is forgettable (seriously, no joke, I completely forgot Adler was in these).
Irene Adler on Sherlock is badass, and actually much hotter if you ask…
Although the first Sherlock Holmes was a commercial and critical hit I struggled to see the appeal. I’m no Holmes purist, in fact I don’t really enjoy his brand of detective story as I much prefer a whodunnit rather than a howdunnit, but Guy Ritchie’s first stab at the classic literary hero was restless, obnoxious and featured a poor villain. Given its success it is no surprise to see they have stuck with this formula once again.
Ritchie is so keen to make sure the audience is never bored that he bombards them with action, a larger than life character and an ADHD directorial style. To say this film rattles along quickly is an understatement as it never once stops…
On his second outing we get Sherlock Holmes: The Comedian. Not only is the dial turned up for the action sequences, Downey Jr also turns the detective into a complete caricature, the crucial cerebral part of his personality lobotomised in favour of larking around as a scruffy, cross dressing eccentric. By the time Guy Ritchie does decide to knuckle down to something more serious the air has long since been let out of the script.
The promise from the first film was that the dark, intellectual prowess of Professor Moriarty would prove to be a deadly match for our pipe smoking clue hunter. Ritchie learns nothing from the absence of a real villain in the original and actually reduces the…
Much "smarter" than I ever gave it credit for. The chess-match approach to storytelling plays out beautifully and the action scenes are as thrilling as ever.
La primera me gustó, pero no lo suficiente como para ir corriendo a ver la segunda, que he visto, como tantas otras pelis, con un notable retraso. Vista esta segunda, solo puedo decir que me gusta, pero no lo suficiente como para ir corriendo a ver una hipotética tercera.
I honestly can't decide if I enjoy Guy Ritchie's first Sherlock Holmes movie or it's sequel more. They're both so goddamn entertaining and each have different qualities and scenes that really stand out for me. Therefore I have to take the easy (and rather lazy, while writing this at 4:30 in the morning) way out and give them both the same rating - for now.
A very good follow up, not as good but a solid addition to the franchise. Again the chemistry is still there between Downey Jr and Law. Another movie I'd recommend
Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes adaptations are nothing more than big Hollywood films, but they are Hollywood films that I don't mind. They're decent enough movies, with mysteries that seem complicated until you think about them. That's okay though, because they're pretty fun. A Game of Shadows is the second of two films and probably the one I like more. It has a better villain, puts Guy Ritchie's visual style to good use, and has fun set pieces. Not much more you could ask for out of Hollywood schlock.
This may have sounded harsh, but I don't think it was. I really like this movie, but understand what it is.
Ritchie's sequel is actually an improvement, with Jared Harris and Stephen Fry being worthy additions to the cast and some truly fun action overruling Downey's Sherlock basically turning into a smarter Jack Sparrow.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is an excellent follow up to Guy Ritchie's 2009 film. That being said, I do believe that the first movie is still better as the take on Sherlock Holmes was so strikingly fresh compared to previous incarnations of the character. Still, this movie does a great job of being a sequel to its predecessor even if the title is odd. All in all, I love this franchise and look forward to the possibility of a third film.
Watching shit at work again
I enjoyed this film. Superb cast, environments and the slow motion sections and parts where the camera was stabilised to an actor's head were really well done.
But I think the plot just felt like it was meandering about before realising it had to end, making the last 15 minutes or so feel like a mad scramble to wrap things up.
When their arch nemesis threatens the very fabric of society, it is up to Holmes and Watson to save the day.
The second entry in the Sherlock Holmes franchise directed by Guy Ritchie, and the result is a mixed bag. The plot is again quite well crafted and feels like it is targeted for a slightly older age group with the story running at a much slower pace. The finale is where this movie does really well taking a quintessential part of Holmes lore and putting it's own spin on proceedings. The characters are all well written, and the cast is well chosen and though Jude Law is as wooden as always, Robert Downey Jr is especially good and manages…
A seriously underrated movie, it's brilliant, funny and it's faithful to the Arthur Conan Doyle world.
We all had one review that began our Letterboxd addiction. I'm just curious what everyone else's was...
Some will be…
Films with some of the best twist endings. Suggestions welcome; just don't spoil the ending in the comments :)