Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

The dreary grey and tan color scheme is still there, basking every scene in a sort of malaise that makes you feel like you just had a big meal and are relaxing by a fire, ready to fall asleep. Thankfully, Robert Downey, Jr. is carrying this franchise almost as well as he is carrying the Iron Man one, and that means lots of laugh lines and brisk action to keep things moving. The fighting sequences are a little more stylized in this installment, and the relationship between Holmes and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) seems even more playful. What this film lacks that its predecessor had was twisting suspense; this time around, viewers are certain long before the credits roll who the bad guy is and what Sherlock must do. But don't worry: a funny prank by the world's greatest detective, though completely unrelated to the plot, is thrown in right at the end at Watson's expense. It's a surprise executed well enough to make a theater full of patrons gasp, laugh out loud, and decide that if the future holds a third episode in this series, they'll stand in line to see it. (Brooke: B+, Grant: B-)

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