Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr return in Guy Ritchie’s latest Holmes blockbuster, Sherlock Holmes a game of Shadows. And Crimziners can expect all manner of extremely un-Holmesean antics: full auto gun play, howitzers, explosions galore and an obligatory hanging from the outside of a moving train by the fingernails skit.
This installment sees Holmes and Watson Investigate the murder of the crown Prince of Austria. Of course, the fiendish Professor Moriarty, played in a marvelously understated way by Mad Men’s Jared Harris is responsible in no small measure for the chaos. We also get the super sexy Noomi (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Rapace, in her first English speaking role as a (chortle) mysterious gypsy. The Film also stars the fantastic Stephen Fry (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire & legendary Hugh Laurie chum.) as Holmes’ smarter and more dissolute brother Mycroft.
Crimezine loved the first film and its interpretation of the Holmesean legend, but suspects that Holmes purists will find many aspects of the latest film harder to stomach. Holmes in Tony Curtis style drag? Maybe that’s OK if you have Marylin Monroe to take your mind off the train journey, but really Mr Ritchie we know Xmas is Panto season–are we to expect a talking cow and a beanstalk in the next movie?
Small churlish gripes aside, Crimezine realizes that modern cinema is no place for the original Holmes stories and we commend Mr Ritchie, his cast and crew, for yet another triumphant glimpse into the creatively re-imagined world of Holmes. A very singular success, Bravo Sir! As Holmes might say .