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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

8 Feb

(spoiler alert!)

I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, I have read all the short stories, though still need to read all the novels. I love mysteries, and the detectives who solve them. I was excited about the first Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downy Jr. and was rewarded by the excellent movie. For anyone who is familiar with the Holmes stories it was obvious the character portrayed was, mostly, accurate.

However, I was not as impressed with this second movie. In my opinion they packed too much humor into it, and it seemed more of a action/adventure than a mystery. For every situation it seemed Holmes had to be a clown more than a mastermind. Even in the final moment of him taking down Moriarty it was a joke, “Be careful what you fish for.” Instead of some classy line like “The game is up.”

I like humor mixed in with my shows, but it made the whole movie seem less serious. The first movie did have humor, yes, but you saw Holmes working and investigating more than clowning around. Holmes isn’t really supposed to have a sense of humor, he’s supposed to be eccentric.

The only real part I liked in the movie was the conclusion, the final conflict between Holmes and Moriarty. But it seemed the whole movie was too long of a buildup just for the one reveal. I would have liked more smaller reveals during the movie. More examples of Holmes’ intellectual prowess.

Now I really loved the way Holmes fell over a cliff with Moriarty, because that is exactly the way it happened in the short stories. Both Holmes and Moriarty are master martial artists and they have a final face to face confrontation on a cliff edge. They both fall off, and Holmes actually dies. But by popular demand Doyle had to bring Holmes back to life for more adventures.

Original drawing of their final fight