We finally watched a good movie this weekend. I needed one after last weekend. Those movies were not fantastic. Fortunately, this one is.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Description from IMDB: “With Dr. John Watson about to marry and end their partnership, a disconsolate Sherlock Holmes occupies his time investigating the schemes of his archenemy, Professor James Moriarty. However, when Moriarty warns that he considers the Watsons a legitimate target for his retaliation against the detective, Holmes must save them and get John involved in one last case. To do so, they join the Roma lady Madam Simza Heron’s quest to find her missing brother, Renee, who may be the key to defeating Moriarty. Together, the trio find themselves involved in a dangerous international conspiracy led by the Napoleon of Crime in which the fate of all of Europe hangs in the balance.”
As with the first Downey Sherlock movie, this one is packed with action and plenty of comedy. It has a sort of Pirates of the Caribbean quality, with the humor and the way the fight scenes are choreographed.
The interactions between Holmes and Watson are often hilarious. It is a bromance to end all bromances. They vibe quite well together, Watson’s good sense (mostly) with Holmes’ absurd yet brilliant, often drug-fueled antics.
The addition of Noomi Rapace as a gypsy fortune teller to the cast is a very good one. I love how she’s capable of looking like completely different people in her various roles. When I informed the husband she was in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, he didn’t really seem to believe me.
Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s bro, was another nice addition. While the character is the more level-headed of the brothers, he is still quite quirky.
Also featured, a significant number of cool hats.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows kicks much ass. It gets an A.