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Betting against Sherlock Holmes- is a game I'm afraid you'd lose!,
This review is from: Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
After the very good opening film in the Guy Richie Sherlock Holmes franchise- A Game Of Shadows takes the series to another level. There is a real feeling that the actors have a firmer grasp on their characters. It can also be said that Richie seems to be in more of a flow in this second installment. How many times can we actually say that a second film in a series improves upon the first?
First and foremost, Robert Downey Jr is an extremely gifted actor. Most people know that, but his command of this role is exceptional. You have probably seen the extent of his preparation in regards to the proper English accent he had to master- before ever getting infront of the camera! His acting in this film is up there with Chaplin and his other great performances. He is Sherlock Holmes and I believe any version of Sherlock in the future will be hard pressed to equal Downey's version. And Sherlock definately needs a worthy Watson. Enter Jude Law. The perfect sidekick, who has to shake off Sherlock's barbs at times, but is equal at firing back. Its part of the charm of these movies. When the going is rough they are a perfect team. When they are at each other's throats- they're just as perfect.
Watson's wedding and honeymoon should have been great memories for him- too bad Sherlock is working on "the single greatest case" of his career! That means- edge of your seat action, mystery and not the least of all ruining poor Watson's honeymoon! The scenes where Sherlock and Watson are on the train are some of the funnier moments of the film. "I'm on my honeymoon!" "Did you just kill my new wife!". To top it off, Sherlock's disguise!
The men are in pursuit of Professor James Moriarty. A challenging opponent for Sherlock, which is proven countless times throughout the film. Mr.Moriarty is waiting for an outbreak of war, because he owns a large weopons cache/factory. Sherlock must get to the professor before France and Germany put Europe in turmoil. There are some classic confrontations between Sherlock and the professor. Great dialogue and witty banter back and forth. The two men finish a chess game without even looking at the board, while talking about their own personal moves in the next room. That is a great scene.
Not to be forgotten in all the excitement- are the scenes with the gypsies. Sherlock's interest in the gypsies is for the sister of Renee. Noomi Rapace -from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo- is excellent in this role. And a natural fit with the other actors. There are several great scenes with Sherlock and Watson trying to mix with the gypsies. Then theres the case of how Sherlock will travel across the countryside- have to see this!
Lets hope there is a 3rd installment. It looks like a sure bet, but things can change. I think Downey and Law have great comedic chemistry. It would be great to see these guys atleast one more time playing these iconic characters. And adding another chapter in Sherlock lore.
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Initial post: Mar 25, 2012 6:14:13 PM PDT
If I just want to pre-order the dvd...not blue ray, then is this one good? Why does it say "French" and "Spanish" in languages? Is it not in English?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2012 7:52:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 1, 2012 7:53:16 PM PDT
GJW; Florida says:
This one is good, and yes it is in English as well as French, Spanish, and Thai. You select the one you want at the beginning of the dvd .
Posted on Aug 19, 2012 6:43:37 PM PDT
Seth C. Dortch says:
Hollywood does all movie greats in trilogies now, so I'm sure we'll get at least one more. :)
Posted on Jan 5, 2013 2:52:49 PM PST
"How many times can we actually say that a second film in a series improves upon the first?"
It's not hard to improve on a franchise when the first film was poorly done to begin with.
Posted on Sep 18, 2013 11:46:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 18, 2013 11:55:02 PM PDT
Renee Anderson says:
Everyone is so dazzled by RDJ&JL in the movies, it's quite obvious NOONE has ever read Conan-Doyle's stories!! These movies are the pure fiction of Hollywood, NOT of the stories as they were written. RDJ looks nothing like the tall, spare Holmes of the stories and JL is certainly no Watson. I read them all first in high school -had to do a book report (I'm 63). Have reread them over the years. I guess this is Holmes & Watson for the 21st cent. Pity. People need to read more.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2014 9:04:03 AM PST
D. Doppes says:
Renee, I have read the original stories. This latest installment in The Sherlock Holmes films, is a different take on the original characters/stories. I also own the Basil Rathbone and Christopher Lee films. What's wrong with enjoying a different version?
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