I’M BACK, and I’m kicking my return off with “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”, a 2011 British-American action mystery film. My opinions have varied to many extremes with this one, and it’s time I settle once and for all, my actual thoughts and feelings on the flick.
Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) is back, and this time he is after Professor James Moriarti (Jared Harris), a college professor who has some dirty little secrets. Having connected various murders and attacks to Moriarti, Holmes ultimately ends up ruining his ex-partner, Dr. John Watson’s (Jude Law) honey moon just after getting married. Holmes throws Watson’s wife out of a speeding train, saves Watson from an attack, and drags the doctor into the intense investigation. Together the two unveil the doctors plot, but will they be able to outsmart a man who has the same, if not higher, intellectual level than the great Sherlock Holmes?
Evaluation: I first watched this film after buying the Blu-ray. I hated it. I had very much enjoyed the first movie, and had such high hopes for the second addition. Upon my second viewing however, I realized just how much I liked it. But, after the third time, I think I actually came to my senses and here is what I have concluded:
The first movie was much better, no question about it. It had a better, more evil oriented villain, more clever tactics on Holmes part, and much less “bullshitting around” as opposed to this one. If I wanted to simply observe humans, I could just walk outside. I felt that too many parts of this film were painfully boring and senseless. When you look at sequels, generally they aren’t as good as the original. I guess I thought it could be done here, but I was wrong.
There were things I enjoyed though. Firstly, it is Robert Downey Jr, who is the absolute best actor for this role, because if you know much about him at all, you know that he just fits the part like a glove. On his part, the acting was good (not great), and he still maintains a decent level of that natural entertainment factor, that even if we didn’t like the plot, we can still enjoy his character separately. And I also have to mention that some of the effects were pretty neat, such as the scene where Holmes and his “crew” are running away through the a forest and we can see bullets penetrating trees in slow motion all around them. So you see, there is something to admire after all. 🙂
(NEW) Entertainment: 5/10
Total Abstract Rating: 70% If you haven’t seen it, I honestly wouldn’t worry about it, unless you’re just a big fan of Downey’s work like I am.
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