Sherlock Holmes II: Game Of Shadows

It was a good movie. Not great or anything like that, but for the most part it was a good movie.

To be honest I did not really enjoy the first movie and that was mainly due to Robert Downey Jr, who plays Sherlock Holmes in both movies, and his fake English accent. To be double honest I never enjoyed fake English accents; okay, my dislike for fake accents covers all dialects. In any case, the first movie showed clearly how even a story about a famous, smart and witty man can be ruined by changing the man into a swashbuckling Englishman who is insufferably arrogant and yet commanded a good amount of loyalty and adoration. The side kick, Watson, is played by Jude Law who is a real Brit, and has real English accent. The thing about fake accents is that their fake-yness is exaggerated when placed next to an authentic specimen. Next to Jude Law’s English accent, Robert Downey Jr’s accent was as out of place as having a Terminator robot character in an Indian movie.

This annoyance continues in the sequel which was released for this year’s holiday season. I’ll admit that the movie did not suck as bad as the first movie, even though they kill off Rachel McAdams at the very beginning and replace her with some lady who does not act that well, does not have that big of a part anyway and does not look that sexy. Also, the middle part of the movie was a bit boring. See, It took a while for me to get accustomed to the British accents, but then again, Sherlock Holmes II does not do a good job explaining the plot that well either. S.Holmes being smart and having Jedi like thinking skills, figures out a whole bunch of logic far ahead of time and as a viewer I have not caught up to that point in the story yet. By the time the story reaches the stage where he explains why he did something earlier, I had already forgotten that he had done that thing. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like movies I don’t understand that much.

Stunts were the best part of the movie. Well, that and cinematography. All chase sequences, any scene with guns and canons and scenes involving an automobile, say a groups of cars or a train, feature eye-popping stunt work and they don’t seem exaggerated either. They are punctuated heavily with Holmes’ characteristic dry and sarcastic humor and Watson gets to crack a few jokes as well. The villain and the goons don’t say too much but they do get to shoot a lot. They employ all kinds of weapons including automatic guns and machine gun turrets, some of which seem a bit too early for their time. The movie involves a plot for an impending World War so may be this can be forgiven. Yes, I forgive, because I have the power to do so. But the stunts were great. Camera work was excellent as well especially the ultra slow motion tracking shots which was liberally used throughout key scenes of the movie.

I am not sure if I can be impressed by protagonists like Holmes anymore. They have great skills and loyal friends, but they treat them like garbage and yet everything ends well for them. From my personal experience, it’s completely out of sync from real life. They get into incredibly dire situations with little chance of escape but somehow the bad guys always get beaten and Holmes gets to go on his merry way. This is understandable since he is the hero and this is a movie, but at least make him a bit likeable. When was the last time you saw some a$$hole getting all the adoration for being an a$$hole? Seems made up. But then again, fantasy is supposed to be removed from reality. If that’s the case, Holmes’ story shows what dreaming is all about. There are lots of excitement and hiccups but in the end, everything works out pretty well. There is tragedy and warmth, but there is always room for humor. That last part, I really like. Also in this particular case, there is also fake and totally annoying British accent.

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2 thoughts on “Sherlock Holmes II: Game Of Shadows

  1. Although all of the freshness that was part of the first one is somewhat over-used, the flick is still a lot of fun with Downey Jr., Harris, and Law breathing life into each of their own characters. However, I was kind of disappointed by Noomi Rapace’s role as she just simply stands there and really doesn’t do anything. Regardless though, good review.

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