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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…
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…
Much like its predecessor, this film has loads of fun action, a great cast (Robert Downey Jr. is superb again), an excellent story, and lots of well-timed humor.
Was that it?
In the first movie, Guy Ritchie was trying things out. Now he put them to work. Despite of the CGI-Hell this movie takes place it really pulled me in. Enjoeyd the Pre-WW-1 Setting.
Not as good as its predecessor for a couple of reasons. First, it's not new anymore, so it's more difficult to surprise. But the bigger issue is unceremoniously killing off Irene Adler right away. That character should be more of a match for Moriarty, not just dumped to make him look more threatening. (There's a pretty easy way to bring her back for a sequel, but that doesn't excuse how she's handled in Game of Shadows.
Still, an enjoyable romp and I love the additions of Noomi Rapace and Stephen Fry to the cast. Moriarty's plan was believable as well as appropriately huge, and I quite like the twist on the Reichenbach Falls story.
Significantly better than its predecessor for sure. I found not only the characters but the overall vibe of the film matches the novels. Not to mention there is a fantastic slo-mo scene in a forest that took my breath away. My only issue is that the opening is VERY slow. Definitely worth checking out!
Ich mag. Sind gude Filme. Hat der Guy gut gemacht.
It's hard not to enjoy Guy Ritchie's two Sherlock Holmes films. They're full of wit, a spirited lead performance by Robert Downey Jr and they look great. This film is pretty much more of what the first one delivered. It's a good time.
I love how lowkey gay this movie is
Two stars for the guys and my old favorite Noomi Rapace, for the rest, not so much. A bit disappointing. Despite the cool camouflage outfits.....