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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…
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.
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…
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.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I really liked this sequel. Again, the attention to period-detail is fantastic and Downey Jr. is in top form. The plot is a bit convoluted at points, but who cares? It's fun!
Guy Ritchie's first Sherlock Holmes outing was exciting and enticing. This one feels like a remake of the first with the heart removed. Some excellent banter and action scenes can't save an ultimately formulaic plot that borders on boring. My favourite new exposition technique of showing Sherlock's internal planning of fight scenes my re-used but lacked the 'punch' from the first film, even with the subverting of it by actions not going as planned.
A Game of Shadows retains the superb visuals, set pieces and chemistry between Law and Downey that made the first Sherlock Holmes so enjoyable. However, much of the magic is missing from the sequel, both as a plot point and the feeling of satisfaction upon viewing.
forget barbiedoll cabbagepatch and the other one tbh
this is the best acd adaptation and i won't hear a word against it
just the entire last act is superb
also rdj in drag
what's not to like??
There's nothing really wrong with this film. The style from the original is still captivating, the performance still capture the world of Arthur Conan Doyle rather well (Downing Jr is great as Sherlock and Law as Watson) and even the plot is strong and the action explosive.
The downfall is that the film feels like a repeat of the 2009 Sherlock Holmes. The film has a great opponent for Holmes in Jared Harris' Moriarty (they play so well off each other) and the rest of the cast performs well.
Even the storyline however feels like a repeat. The film failed to have its own identity. A good film, but in the end just not great.
My Take: Stephen Fry shines in the role of "the other Holmes" in a film that thinks its far smarter than it truly is.
Decent, enjoyable sequel. Plenty of action, just not enough detective work by Mr Holmes.
I like Guy Ritchie's work... and I like Sherlock Holmes movies... Of course, there is a positive review for this sequel to the 2009 film which I enjoyed a little bit more, but still gave it only 60%. The screenplay written by Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney takes too long to develop the story. Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson - nothing new there! And Professor Moriarty, played by Jared Harris did the same - nothing inventive - everything is just like another episode of a TV show with a little bit more special effects and CGI.
Sherlock Holmes hits the target but it's not a bull's eye!
Again, Sherlock Holmes is not an action star!
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