Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows – *

Posted: January 13, 2012 in 2011, Action, USA, X

Hm. Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr have managed to destroy the perfect image I had of Sherlock Holmes, one of my favorite characters in fiction. I don’t really know why I bothered seeing this new episode since I wasn’t really impressed by the last attempt of the director and actor to make Sherlock Holmes cool and hip again. But it’s Sherlock Holmes! And the trailer promises a battle with Moriarty!

Halfway in the movie there was an intermission, which I hadn’t experienced in ages. Yet for some reason it helped me appreciate the movie a little bit more. If there hadn’t been an intermission I would probably have fallen asleep. What a boring first half! There’s little action, few special effects and absolutely no humor whatsoever. But the second half has some clever scenes and the story kind of develops into something that you might call a plot. You finally understand WHY Sherlock Holmes is in this adventure, because that’s really not clear at all in the beginning.

Robert Downey Jr plays Sherlock Holmes as if he wants to rival Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: totally out of control. Jude Law just appears in certain scenes as Dr. Watson. He might have well just been furniture. And  Jarred Harris who plays Moriarty just doesn’t impress at all either. Also, Holmes DIED in Switzerland and in this movie he survives. But I’ll skip part 3 of this new franchise.

Basil Rathbone is turning in his grave. And Sr Arthur Conan Doyle is already haunting Guy Ritchie at the moment. This is really not good cinema! But people seem to like it as it’s a huge blockbuster. Hm. I didn’t. Just that you know.


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