Wednesday, August 29, 2012

One Minute Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

This is one of those films that you will either wholly love or outright hate. Guy Ritchie tops himself in this sequel, stepping up every aspect of the original to create a breathtaking, edge of your seat, superiorly scripted and acted feature. A true tribute Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's world famous and timeless expert inspector. Downey portrays the eccentric, sometimes mildy psychotic, detective with such authenticity and charm that he has become the new model of Doyle's fascinating literary creation. Law does the same with Watson and together they fill the screen with quick and sharp wit and wonderous chemistry, taking the idea of the "buddy picture," to new levels of quality and connection. Harris brings Professor Moriarty to villanous life in a way only the author could have dreamed of. The entire cast succeeds in a way where most of it's ilk fail, they completely flesh out the story, immersing the audience in a fantastic and intriguing world of mystery and intrique. The plot is fluid, yet overtly complex at times; however, the dialogue is genuine, and relatable. The story Ritchie delivers keeps you guessing to the very end, a difficult feat as Hollywood continues to turn out the most unoriginal fare in the hunt for big box offices and quick returns. A system that has failed thus far. The only possible downside is that the plot takes a while to tell and does not move as fast as the current crop of so called action, suspense dramas, so the impatient or Bruckheimer crowd will lose interest fast. However, for those fans of Doyle's tormented hero, it throughly satisfies. 4 out of 5 Kernels: It doesn't take much deduction to figure out, in fact, it's elementary, this is one magnificent cinematic journey.

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