A new action-packed adventure, following the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his longtime trusted associate, Dr. Watson, as they match wits with their arch-nemesis, the criminal genius Moriarty.
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of ShadowsDirected byGuy Ritchie
Quirky and at hard times to follow, but this is nevertheless solid entertainment with good ambitions in the visual departments. And it's refreshing to see how far Hollywood dares to take the relationship between Sherlock and Watson.
Holmes and Watson recast as wisecracking, all-action buddy movie icons; but all the time we know there is to be no meaningful, life-and-death, Butch and Sundance mortality behind the mugging. The process of deduction is merely played as an ingenious and empty game, with slo-mo to explain events in tiresome, self-consciously "cinematic" exposition.
Steam Punk Holmes ain't really my bag but it isn't insufferable. Nice international conspiracy mixed with intricate music video visuals. Not a terrible way to kill a Saturday night. Could be a shit load better though.
I wasn't going to see the new Sherlock Holmes movies, but I thought Girl with a Dragon Tattoo was playing this week. It's surprisingly good, Ritchie transforms Holmes' powers of observation to a montage of set-ups and inserts that blow up (literally) into the action set-pieces. The character is closer to a Steampunk James Bond than Holmes. Fun, but why not make a new franchise with an original name? --DiB
Aside from the beautiful and talented Noomi Rapace, this film definitely pulled some punches and fully surprised me. Incredible large-scale action scenes with everything from massive shootouts to explosive artillery and the toppling of historic buildings. Great camera work, fast-paced editing (it certainly didn't feel more than two hours), and a very slick production design. A very interesting new series.
Overlong, convoluted follow-up to 2009's SHERLOCK HOLMES pits the legendary detective against his greatest adversary, Professor Moriarty. Intellectual tête-à-tête between Holmes & Moriarty never really congeals until climax, which is too little, too late. Relationship between Holmes & Watson ratchets gay undertones up to 11, taking away from the Holmes vs. Moriarty drama. A muddled mess.
I still don't really care for this series and I don't buy Guy Ritchie as a director of blockbuster movies but, hey, I paid for a ticket. That must mean this film is more modestly-entertaining Hollywood dreck or I'm part of the problem. A minor improvement over the first installment, but I'd argue these movies are meant to be watched and forgotten in an afternoon.