Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
December 19, 2011
I stand by everything I said in my review of the first Sherlock Holmes. If the second one is perhaps not as wonderful as the first, part of that is because we’ve seen this world before, and can’t be as surprised and delighted as we were on that first trip.
That said, this movie has some really marvelous set pieces and character moments. I love Mary, Mycroft was odd. There’s a really epic action sequence full of torture, explosions, terror, giant bombs and machine guns and howitzers and fascinating cinematography, and I sat there thinking, “My goodness, this is just the bottom of the second act, how are they going to top this in the third?’ Well, the third act opens with a view of a giant, epic waterfall. Yes, they go there, and do a really nice job of it.
I love how the two questions people are asking about this is 1) is it Sherlock Holmes? and 2) is it really steampunk? I’m coming to think that both answers are subjective, in the eye of the beholder. If it’s not entirely steampunk, it is chock full of weird tech and the implications of said weird tech, that plays a part in the plot and isn’t set dressing. If it isn’t entirely steampunk, it pushes some of the same buttons, surely.
GI Joe: Retaliation. Hahahaha! They’re doing another one! I love it! Ninjas on mountaintops, Cobra in the White House! Geekout!