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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows by Guy Ritchie, 2011 (PG-13)

with Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers), Jude Law (Anna Karenina, Breaking And Entering, Hugo, Sleuth, Contagion), Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Rachel McAdams (The Vow, Morning Glory, Midnight in Paris), Jared Harris (Mad Men), Stephen Fry (Alice in Wonderland), Paul Anderson, Kelly Reilly (Les Poupées Russes), Geraldine James (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Eddie Marsan
From the director of Snatch

Robert Downey Jr. returns as the brilliant sleuth and Jude Law is back as Dr. Watson in this atmospheric sequel to 2009's Sherlock Holmes. Holmes resorts to occult theories and more to defeat the plans of his nemesis, the evil Professor Moriarty.

How to say it otherwise, it is very stylised, to the point where you miss the humor, or even the plot. You get dragged into tricks, twists and turns of the actions, premeditation, reenactment, fake and real, with a sense of rhythm that can only be, perhaps, appreciated by a high dose of heroin or something, anyway, not at all interesting after five minutes of slow motion tricks. It is visually outstanding, or perhaps then again abusing of style to the point where it starts looking like a mix of music videos from Mylene Farmer mixed with the Twilight series. Robert Downey Jr. is irritating, Jude Law and Noomie Rapace barely manage to make him being forgotten, the good surprise was Kelly Reilly from "Les Poupées Russes", very cute as the newly wed wife of Dr. Watson.

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