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|Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows; Review|
|Topic Started: Jan 10 2012, 10:09 PM (61 Views)|
|gamemaster80||Jan 10 2012, 10:09 PM Post #1|
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows:
Recently when it comes to adaptations of novels and comics, Hollywood has shown that when such a film is handed off to the right people, not only can the first film work, but the second film can be just plain awesome. Dark Knight, Spiderman 2, and Wrath of Khan stand out as examples; but now we can add the second Sherlock Holmes movie.
Lets get two things out of the way: If you haven't seen the first movie yet, this is not exactly the Sherlock Holmes from the novel. This movie is done in a style as if Holmes was first adapted into a comic then a movie (but surprisingly not). Second, if you have not seen the first movie, do so.
This film, while being a sequel, can almost be viewed as a movie of itself. To be honest, watching the two Holmes movies, is almost like watching both of Nolan's batman films. We all know who Batman is as we all have an idea of who Holmes is (and the first movie doesn't really give a origin of Holmes anyway). Their two different chapters in Holmes life; being before Moriarty, and during Moriarty.
So what makes this movie so good compared to the first, maybe even better? The lack of repeating, and the pacing. I'll be the first to say that the whole breaking down of a fight Holmes does in the first movie, while being a very interesting look into how the detectives mind was supposed to work according to the books, did get a little distracting the other couple of times it happened. In the second film it makes a come back, however, some of them get broken up by bad timing or comedic moments. It offers a sense of new that some sequels refuse to give.
The pacing in the film is amazing; not too fast, not too slow. It gives you everything you want for a film that shows the great detective against his notorious villain. Its the old world version of Dark Knight so to speak, but if Joker wasn't theatrical with his plans. The camera angles are amazing, the effects are spot on; the slow motion is never over used. It does its job of drawing you into the action more, and show you just how close the characters came to being killed, or whatever the moment is.
Needless to say though, this film probably won't be for everyone. If you're a fan of the novels, and have wanted to see a Holmes film that shows the true Holmes to a T, this is not for you. While there are inspirations taken from the novels, Robert Downy Jr.'s version of Holmes is a bit more...off, compared to the novel Holmes. I can't really say how though since I have not read the novels, but its easy to tell.
So yes, if you were a fan of the first movie, definitely see this one. Its not only amazing, it may just go beyond the first film. If you were not a fan of the first, or do not like the idea of the style of the films at all, go ahead and save your money, we'll understand.
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