A sequel is a dangerous thing. Sometimes they’re great, other times they are so abominably bad that they make you look upon the original with disgust. Hollywood has never found the correct formulae, but Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows has. It simultaneously makes you love it for its own merits and its own charm, while reminding you of its roots and the whole reason you came to see this one in the first place.
Once again Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law make us laugh and cheer, while Guy Ritchie shows us that his style of film making is one of the more vibrant ones in Hollywood (especially his eye for the uses of special effects). When it comes to making a sequel to a film that was highly successful at the box office, one can fall into certain lazy pits. A perfect example of just that are the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. After the first one came out and everybody loved it, they thought “hey, that style is cool and the audience ate it up, so letâ€™s just fabricate half a story and recycle the CGI, call it a sequel and rake in the millions.” That sort of film making infuriates us. If you’ve created a lovable character, don’t just let his charisma do all the work, have something happen to him that is intriguing, something memorable, something worthy of a new chapter. Sherlockâ€™s story provided us with that and much more.
They introduced a new villain, Professor James Moriarty, a nemesis with an intellect that rivals Holmesâ€™. For any mystery buff worth his salt, this is the Darth Vader of the detective world. The character was cunning, calculating, and oh so diabolical. Everything you want from your villain. You don’t want him to be a cardboard baddie that our Hero knocks over in the last 10 minutes of the film. You want him to be an unstoppable force of genuine terror and destruction. THATâ€™S what makes conflict: the thought that your Hero may FAIL! The fear that coincides with that thought and the nail biting feeling that keeps you literally on the edge of your seat. Thatâ€™s what going to the movies is all about! And that, my fellow Cinezens, is exactly what Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows gives you; a reason to go to the theater.
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