Monday, December 19, 2011

Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows Review

This review could be summed up in one sentence. If you liked the first movie, you'll like this one!

But, I'll continue. This time the main villain, Professor Moriarty, is trying to start a world war and profit from it, so that keeps thing pretty dramatic. However, there are a few times when things get a bit slow. I wish that Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler had more than cameo this time. And while Noomi Rapace is fine as the gypsy princess, her role seems sort of pointless. Kelly Reilly is lovely as Watson's new wife, but you have to wonder- how does she put up with it all? Although for the chance to be with Jude Law, women have put up with a lot. (Ahem, Sienna.)

The funny thing about Guy Ritchie's reboot of the Sherlock Holmes tales is that the movies don't take themselves too seriously. Holmes cracks jokes in near-death experiences and there's always some clever surprise around the corner. On the other hand. . . they take themselves very seriously. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are like Victorian-era superheroes. Normally I don't like action movies but throw in some 19th century suits and bowler hats, two British accents and a newfangled horseless carriage and I'm all "Oh what fun! How terribly exciting! What a bloody good time! Blast! I hope Holmes gets away!"

Slow motion fights aside, I think this movie is actually a bromance. It's really about the (platonic?) love between Holmes and Watson. During one dance scene towards the end, I honestly thought Sherlock was about to lean in for a kiss. I might not have minded.

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, rated "PG-13," action, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, B

1 comment:

  1. Although all of the freshness that was part of the first one is somewhat over-used, the flick is still a lot of fun with Downey Jr., Harris, and Law breathing life into each of their own characters. However, I was kind of disappointed by Noomi Rapace’s role as she just simply stands there and really doesn’t do anything. Regardless though, good review. Check mine out when you can.