January 3, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

With the new year brings the birthday of my child. The only problem with this is the fact that it’s too close to Christmas and New Year’s, not for the gifts but for all the chaos. We didn’t have time to plan anything, so we are celebrating her birthday a week late. She’s only two, so there’s no disappointment. But, mommy and daddy were off on Monday while her daycare wasn’t. Which meant we celebrated her birth by going to a movie!


SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWSSHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS was my choice over DARKEST HOUR and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL. Though I want to see both of them, I was in the mood for Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. I really enjoyed the first movie and was looking forward to the banter that the characters hurled at each other.


Though the first movie was received with some concern as to the rewriting of “Sherlock Holmes” canon, I found it a fun watch and didn’t get caught up in all the hubbub. I find that I’m able to separate my characters and enjoy the cinema Sherlock just as well as my literary Sherlock.


Guy Ritchie has a way with kinetic film making and the scenes race along at a break neck pace. There are times when I think that he could have slowed it to normal and still accomplished the task. I love the way the character analyzes his moves before a fight and then follows through, almost showing the coolest moves and then saying “Watch this!” The plot was on par for movies of this type. Nothing really new which was a bit disappointing. You would think that Moriarty would have more fiendish diabolical plans than what is found out. The characters are funny and brave and faulty which makes me love them so much, kind of like a Victorian Riggs and Murtaugh. They love each other, they hate each other. It’s a period buddy cop movie!


This movie seems on it’s way to beat the predecessor’s box office winnings and it is definitely set up for another in the can. Have you seen it yet? What are you waiting for? And if you did see it, what did you think?

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