Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris

So I actually kinda liked the first one of these Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies. I don’t exactly remember why and my review basically makes it out to be a guilty pleasure sort of thing, but this sequel was godawful. It’s so bad it makes me like the first one less.

Sherlock Holmes is on the case of a bunch of bombings which have been happening because of Professor Moriarty. He knows this because Moriarty puts huge M’s on everything. He crashes Dr. Watson’s wedding and they go off on a wacky adventure involving gypsies and nuclear bombs or something. Featuring Nude Stephen Fry as Nude Mycroft Holmes.

They do the fucking slow-down-speed-up action camera thing ALL THE TIME in this movie, to the point where it’s not even worth your time to try and guess whether a new shot is related to the last one, or in the past, or across the world, or whatever stupid shit it is. Downey continues to be a really poor Holmes, except this time he adds a never-ending stream of action movie cliches to his vocabulary. Which is obviously all that character had ever needed.

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