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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…
guy ritchie has always been a filmmaker focused on details -- the little machinations that contribute to something larger -- & his sherlock holmes adaptations exemplify this more than ever. in holmes' mind ritchie finds a constantly shifting sea of layers & deconstructions, the gimmicky slo-mo fight deconstructions being the most obvious example, but they can be found throughout as ritchie's sherlock uses the same deconstructive mentality on the mysteries he solves, the disguises he wears & even the relationships he has with the people around him. to him, all simply larger wholes made up of seemingly insignificant details he just needs to wrap his head around... of course all those details always proving themselves to be anything but.
i adore Game Of…
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…
Despite making the right move of heading into the darker territory, the follow-up chapter to Sherlock Holmes fails to capitalise on the excellent platform provided by its predecessor and is a highly disappointing sequel that presents a downgrade in each storytelling element, tries too hard to be funny, and is also marred by its poor rendition of Holmes' arch-enemy.
Following the events of the first film, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows continues the adventures of Detective Holmes & his companion, Dr. Watson, as they travel across Europe in a race to prevent their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty, from executing his sinister plot of starting a global war, only to find that their enemy is always one step ahead.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
An important reason why Sherlock wins the "game" is that he, unlike Moriarty, gives a crucial importance to the pawns. Mary and Simza are both characters that seemingly pose little to no threat to Moriarty's grander scheme, yet it's only through their efforts (Mary deciphering Moriarty's code, Simza stopping Rene) that Sherlock gains the upper hand before making his final move... and so the pawns are ultimately the ones that bring down Moriarty's/The King's operation.
Moriarty's failure is, as highlighted by Sherlock during their first encounter, his "acute narcissism and complete lack of empathy".
Every piece is important, and if you forget that for a second, you may as well surrender.
Really, I could ramble on about this…
Robert Downey Jr's transition from Hollywood pariah to the biggest earning star in Tinseltown has been nothing short of miraculous. An actor who always had talent to burn, it's a credit to him and his savior (his wife Susan) that he could return from the abyss to such monumental success. He's made some great career choices, from Iron Man and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, to Zodiac and Good Night, & Good Luck, he's been shrewd. He's also took the odd risk, Sherlock Holmes didn't sound like the right fit for Downey Jr, but boy did it work.
Round two of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes sees him coping with both the imminent departure of Watson to married life and an intricate game…
Creo que es superior a la primera aunque la historia despacha de manera simplona al personaje de Moriarty, con todo y que eligieron a un actor interesante para interpretarlo. Sin embargo gana en energía y chispa, y no comete el error de su antecesora de mandar a Watson a una cama en un hospital. Si es cierto que Downey Jr. es la cara de esta franquicia, pero Jude Law hace un Watson genial y la interacción de ambos es básicamente la razón por la que estas películas funcionan.
Eso y que Guy Ritchie es un director de acción con todas las de la ley, y uno de los pocos que sabe usar con criterio el recurso clásico de la cámara…
Note to self: If I need someone to sing a creepy fishing song, call Jared Harris.
This second film was not as good as the first one but still has something. On the other hand, I cannot make me like Robert Downey Jr. yet.
i haven't seen this in like 5 years I DID NOT REALISE MAH BOI JARED HARRIS PLAYED MORIATY!!! HE DID SUCH A GOOD JOB!!
I liked this one even more than the first one if that's possible;) The heightened sense of danger and survival made it even more thrilling and emotionally captivating. I wish they would make a third!!
Nettamente migliore del primo, forse perchè è basato sul miglior racconto scritto da Doyle. Moriarty perfetto, la Adler è troppo diversa da quella canonica e Holmes è troppo fisico e istrionico. Diretto da un inglese sarebbe stato un film molto buono, invece non è che un discreto blockbuster.
"Tell me, when was the last time you had hedgehog goulash?"
Watching Guy Ritchie's Holmes films back-to-back, or on consecutive nights as I did, really helps. Watching A Game Of Shadows, I felt really immersed in the world that he has created.
This sequel is everything that the first film is/was, but with added sequel-ness. The stakes are much greater, the locations visited are tripled, the humour is dialled way up, and the score pounds and roars.
Downey and Law's onscreen rapport begins in earnest, right where we left them in the first film, only now Watson has moved out and is preparing to marry Mary. With their relationship already formed, Ritchie uses the early stages of the film to…
Vista a fragmentos. Cada vez más acción y menos misterio.
I liked it. It was entertaining. It wasn't as confusing as the first one. In fact, I think I liked this one more than the first one.
Complete list. :-(