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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…
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'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!
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.
Visnotaļ cienījams sekotājs savam priekšgājējam, taču otrajā reizē Holmsa ekscentriskums jau sāk izskatīties pēc filmas pašmērķa. Pavisam nedaudz, taču tā ir un tas nepalīdz.
Very good sequel.
A Game of Shadows is the ideal sequel to its predecessor: the stakes are raised to pan-Euro heights, the action is expanded, and Moriarty makes his grand appearance. While the film suffers from muddled plotting and an ending that (while delightful) flies in the face of all common sense, Downey's and Law's chemistry once again save the day. Jared Harris makes an excellent turn as Holmes's nemesis, and their duel atop Reichenbach is marvel of Ritchie-style action.
Just like the first one, I also enjoyed this film. As a big Sherlock Holmes' fan, I gotta love it.
The right kind of sequel that doesn’t rely too heavily on retreading the successes of the first but rather carving its own identity, obviously the action is amped up as is Hollywood’s way but never in an obnoxious way. Every bit the equal to its predecessor.
The more I watch this one, the more I love it. The finale itself is worth the price of purchase/rent. Perfect casting for Moriarty.
Can't remember what I felt after watching this. Mildly entertained I suppose.
Great, satisfying film. I love when a film's plot is as expertly crafted as this. Both Holmes and Moriarty are trading off who is in control, and the chess metaphor woven throughout the film is very apt. The tension between their two minds is almost too much to take sometimes.
Sherlock Holmes pra geração XBOX 360.
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 :)