Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Guys, we need to talk, ok?  Just, like, take a seat or something so I can try to explain to you how this works: can we please remember that Guy Ritchie's version of Sherlock Holmes is not a fancy BBC adaptation?  It's just, well, it's just not.  Can we please also remember that the first Sherlock Holmes (while your memories have shaded it positively) was far from a great film at the time of its release. It was a good film. It was a fun film.  It had two men who shared a surprising amount of on-screen chemistry.  But...it was also meandering, murky, long, and Rachel McAdams was supremely irritating.  Still, what it was really about, that is, what you likely really took from it was Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law having a grand old time being a bantering, turn of the century odd couple.  Now, use your powers of deductive reasoning, my dear naysayer, and know before you go that Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is more of the same.  It is not out for plainclothes espionage, sleuthing and skulduggery.  It is an extension of the first installment, but, like nearly all of Ritchie's films, has staged its characters for full-force engagement in rampant bad-assery and sharp, silly dialogue.  That is, essentially, all it's about...

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