I enjoyed the first Guy Ritchie-directed Sherlock Holmes. It was fun, clever, engaging and benefited from The Downey’s undeniable presence. What also made it great was its emphasis on the actual detecting of the world’s greatest detective. There was very little gunplay, focusing on smarts and fisticuffs, for the most part. While my enjoyment of it has tempered somewhat, it’s still a solid movie.
So it’s no surprise that people are hotly anticipating the second entry, A Game Of Shadows, which incorporates Holmes’ brother Mycroft (Stephen Fry), as well as finally getting to see nefarious Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). Throw Noomi Rapace into the mix, and things get really interesting.
Except that the trailer makes it seem like the movie is far more heavily focused on gunfire and explosions (so… many… explosions) than any kind of detective work. And frankly, that’s not really what I’m looking for in a Sherlock Holmes movie. Sure, there’s plenty of witty banter between Holmes and Watson (Jude Law), but, whether or not it’s reflective of the final product, it’s being marketed as an action movie. And that? That ain’t Sherlock Holmes, folks.
Take a look:
Eh, I think I’d rather re-watch my BBC “Sherlock” episodes. Great as Downey is, Benedict Cumberbatch out-detects his ass in a heartbeat.