Friday, June 29, 2012

Movie Night In: Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

After a long string of disappointing movies Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows finally offers something that the Hubs and I watched from beginning to end without either of us falling asleep.

If I could only tell you one thing about this movie it would be this - it has almost nothing to do with the trailer for it. I saw the same TV spot probably a hundred times and when I was completely surprised by the plot of Sherlock Holmes. The trailer is more like a preview of the first fifteen minutes, okay - maybe a little more, but seriously. Sherlock Holmes is about a lot more and nothing like what you are led to believe from the trailer. Maybe you'll be disappointed by that. I wasn't.

The next thing that you need to know about Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is that it is pretty different that the first one. In my opinion that's a good thing. I grew up listening to my dad read the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and I thought that while the first Sherlock Holmes movie was good it was pretty much a complete departure from the books. This sequel is, amazingly enough, much closer to the spirit of the books. This sequel is a little less of an action-flick than it's predecessor and more of a true mystery and I loved that.

That is not to say that the action is in any way more poorly produced that in the previous Sherlock Holmes movie. The last few movies I have reviewed here have had predictable, underwhelming action sequences but Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows surprised and amazed me. There were a lot of clever not to mention spectacularly filmed sequences.

The acting was just what you'd expect from Robert Downey Jr & Jude Law just top-notch, and quite funny. With an unexpected little surprise of Stephen Fry's appearance in the cast, much to our delight The women were also very good, with Rachel McAdams not getting nearly enough screen-time, Kelly Reilly playing Watson's fiancé and Noomi Rapace (pictured above) doing an outstanding job as the gypsy who guides them on their journey to find Holmes' arch-nemisis Professor Moriarty.

The costumes were brilliant, the music was by Hanz Zimmer and the cinematography was by Philippe Rousselot both brilliant artists in their respective crafts.

Me: It wasn't over-the-top amazing but it was really really good.
The hubs: stayed awake for the whole thing.

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