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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

December 19, 2011


A Game of Shadows is a fun film that features more of everything. There is more Downey zaniness, explosions and globe-trotting. The director Guy Ritchie starts the film in fifth gear and somehow manages to create a seventh gear. He is like the Spinal Tap guys. An example of seventh gear is a neat scene where  seven million bullets, 85 mortars and a gun called Little Hansel gets shot. The result is a lot of splintered trees and slow motion tomfoolery.

The movie revolves around Holmes and Watson trying to stop the ultra intelligent Moriarty. Bombs explode, people are punched in slow motion and Sherlock’s power of deduction can only be rivaled by Nicolas Cage in the National Treasure films. This Sherlock is more superhero than super sleuth.

The only thing I’m worried about is the Chevy Chase effect. Chevy Chase was funny when he wasn’t put in zany situations. The humor came from his character and not him getting stuck in the Hoover Dam. There is a scene in Sherlock 2 involving Downey riding a miniature pony that hurts the soul and gets close to Chase levels of goofy. I’m hoping RDJ avoids the pratfalls.

Watch this movie. Dig The Holmes/Watson relationship. Try to count the explosions.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Gladstone permalink
    December 19, 2011 3:15 pm

    Bloody good sequel!

  2. December 21, 2011 8:47 am

    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.


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