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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

A movie directed by Guy Ritchie

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"Why don't the two of you just f**k already and get it out of your system?!"

  • Dec 17, 2011
I didn't pick up on it in the first one, but after someone brought it to my attention and repeat viewings....oh yeah, Holmes and Watson are pretty gay for each other in the first film and in this one.....oh yeah it's the whole point why Irene Adler was even in the first movie and why Watson is getting married here, to throw you off.

I really hated making the gay joke above but this running thread in this movie, especially during the train rescue scene is a real distraction.  From that scene to even the part where Watson says that (Holmes) taught him how to's all I thought of in some scenes.  No it isn't BAD, but like I said, it's a distraction.                     

The distraction comes as a good sign as this movie, almost literally is like the Bond movie Tommorrow Never Dies.  You might remember that one, where Bond stops a media king from manipulating countries into a war so that he get high ratings and magazine sales?  Well this movie is about Sherlock coming face to face with Professor Moriarty to learn that Moriarty is manipulating countries with bomb attacks (France and Germany mainly) and positioned himself to be a head of major gun and supply companies.  When World War One comes out due to this, he stands to make a fortune.......nah, it's just me.  Theres no similarities.

Theres more going on with Watson getting Married and trying to distance himself from Holmes, but Moriarty says anything is fair game and a double mission involves running off with Watson to stop Moriarty and getting the new wife out of the way and in the care of Sherlock's pompus brother Microft.  That leaves Holmes and Watson plenty of time to......solve the crime.  No really.

Sherlock Holmes AGOS, has the same issue really with RDJ's other series sequel Iron Man 2.  Theres nothing really WRONG with it, it's just not as great as the first one.  While the first Holmes movie was peppered with great scenes this one has maybe 4 or 5 really great ones.  That makes it the Ace Ventura of action movies I suppose where the sequel isn't bad, but it's just inferior to the first film.

One character I must bring up is the Gypsy Woman who falls in line with Holmes and Watson on they're mission.  Shes actually interesting to the plot as her brother is caught up in Moriarty's evil.  She knows what shes doing and contributes something worthwhile IE, shes everything Irene Adler wanted to be in the first.  Speaking of which, Irene's screen time is so minor and her consequences so minimal, you'd be better off leaving her out completely.  A scene on a boat to France sums up her importance in the movie.

The biggest plus is that the shaky cam editing tricks during the "Holmes Vision" scenes is scaled back, but the movie still suffers from that crap Matrix "speed up-slow down" nonsense especially during an artillery attack later on in he movie.  Moriarty and Holmes do feel like equals in smarts in that while Holmes, while roguish does have a conscience, Moriarty does not and is a far smarter man and that just makes Sherlock work even harder to stop him.  Holmes is a man of action and you wonder why in the couple of times they meet face to face and exchange words..."why don't you just shoot him?!" but we all know Holmes would rather beat Moriarty with his mind and the final showdown with the two men, a literal and figurative game of chess is better then any fist fight we would have gotten from the two.

Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows, isn't a loss, it's at least as good as it's previous film, ramped up consequences, but the ongoing distraction of the Watson/Holmes, the Bond movie plot and Irene Adler's pointlessness dropped this one a little for me but I can overlook that due to the ending:  It's never in doubt no matter how much they try and tell us it is, but comes about in a way that is natural for the character involved, uses something unimportant from earlier in the movie and is a surprise.  I can appreciate seeing a surprise in a movie when I don't see it coming.  My own Holmes vision ruins some movies for me.

* PS, no OF COURSE Holmes and Watson are not really gay and I'm sorry if continuing to say that bothers anyone, but in the first movie and especially this one-try NOT noticing the way Watson and Holmes talk to each other.

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December 20, 2011
Hey! I am gay. And guess what. I agree with you. Its insulting and its not funny the way they go out of their way to make the gay connection between Watson and Holmes in this movie and in the original. I kept asking my self what are they trying to say. Why don't they just say it, or let it go already. And  the fact that I really did not like this movie has nothing to do with the gay references. Its just not a good movie in my opinion.
December 20, 2011
Maybe "bromance" would have been a better way to put it, but I still think that Irene is largely in the first movie to make sure we the audience know that Holmes has a case of the NotGays. It's the only thing she did, and then shes only in this movie so much and as SOON as Watson gets married, his wife goes away..... The next movie needs to pull this back.
December 22, 2011
I don't think its a bromance at all. I think they are
December 18, 2011
I really don't know how I felt about this film. I mean, it wasn't bad and was competently made but for some reason even when it was looking so cool, it was a tad boring. Love your title! Watson and Holmes bickered like husband and wife; you are not the only reviewer that noticed that. Nice review and Quick tip!
December 19, 2011
I really had a hard time on how to feel about this film too. I liked it, but I kept wondering how much I like it and how much better it was then the first one. I didn't but I didn't dislike the movie either. I was getting worried that people were avoiding this review BECAUSE of the title. Glad to know thats not the case.
December 19, 2011
sure! If anything else your title attracted me so I had to read it LOL!
December 17, 2011
Needless to say your title grabbed my attention LOL - nice review!
December 19, 2011
Every good title should. Thank you for looking.
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Guy Ritchie’s indulges in style, fast-editing and tricky camerawork to generate a feeling of tension in the action sequences. It is a well-made film and such formula was successful in the 2009 film, and in this sequel expect more of the same.      The plot in this sequel is pretty simple and offers little surprises. The acting was good as always, but the dialogue does feel obligatory at times and the interactions between Watson and Holmes resemble a married couple.   …
Quick Tip by . December 17, 2011
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Decent sequel to the 2009 hit has Sherlock and the newly wed Watson following Professor Moriarty's trail as he attempts to agitate events that will lead to World War 1. Plenty of what made the first great, but the homo eroticizm between the leads is un-ignorable nor is the fact that the story, while deep isn't as intriguing.
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