Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – A Movie Review

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I saw the new Sherlock Holmes movie last weekend.  The premise goes like this – don’t worry, I won’t give it all away – Professor Moriarty (Sherlock’s nemesis) is at it this time.  The Professor is banking on starting a war to fatten his own pockets.  He’s amassed the latest and the greatest of weapons and is ready to sell to anybody who has the money to buy.  He’s cutthroat, fierce and intelligent – Sherlock’s evil match.

So how was the movie?  First, it started slow and I thought, oh-oh, another follow-up movie that doesn’t rank with the original.  But wait for it.  It slowly redeemed itself by using the same formula I’ve come to know and love with all Sherlock movies – quick wit, intelligent humor, surprising twists and plot dips and peaks.  For example, Sherlock dies, well, twice if you count the scene at the end, Watson gets married (sidebar: Jude Law is so, so, very, very sexy even with the Watson limp!), and the way Sherlock’s inner dialogue is played out before kicking butt is brilliant.  Director Guy Ritchie is on point with that one.

Oh, and Robert Downey, Jr.’s articulation of the British accent is so precise that it makes him seem more British than Jude!  RDJ is a fine actor; glad he stopped that nonsense.  Back to the movie review – when trying to escape from the bad guys, Sherlock and the gang run through the forest to catch their getaway train.  Ritchie uses a type of slow motion that gives the audience time to think and reflect.  It’s a weird and wonderful feeling at the same time.

Great film.  Can’t wait till the next one.

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