Film Review – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows


Basically more of a rehash of (rather than a sequel to) the over-rated 2009 film, I was unsure as to how I felt about the original and this has nicely cleared up matters.

I’m finding the Holmes/Watson relationship irritatingly smug (in a George Clooney/Brad Pitt in Ocean’s 11 kind of way), and the oneupmanship between them (and again with Irene Adler) is extreme to the point where it actually doesn’t make any sense. Considering these are people who supposedly have affection for each other, they seem more than happy to put each other in life-threatening situations. But of a laugh, innit? Well, no. It’s repetitive, tedious, and complete nonsense.

Guy Ritchie’s visual style is getting rather tired now. Sherlock, the supposed sleuth, spends far more time shooting and fighting in slow motion than he does doing any kind of actual sleuthing.

I’m as bored writing about it as I was watching it. I’m done. If there’s a third one, I won’t be attending.


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  1. Gerard McGarry

    Haha – I was thinking Lock, Sherlock and Two Smoking Barrels!

    You make a good point about the all-action Sherlock Holmes in these movies. No, it’s not remotely as analytical as classic Holmes should be, but I found it enjoyable anyway. Definitely goofier than I expected it to be, but entertaining and with sharp enough dialogue. I also – and don’t judge me on this – thought the scene where Holmes and Watson drove past the building of Tower Bridge was fantastic – amazing to see such an historic project being imagined on screen.

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