As a big mystery fan, I have loved the return of Holmes both on the big screen and with BBC's rendition even though I think the BBC's Moriarty is utter garbage. I loved the first one due to how it felt like a real mystery with some action pieces. This film is the opposite where its an action story with very little mystery.
We meet Moriarty early on and we know that he is try to start a World War. Its about how Holmes and a newly married Watson can stop him. As an action movie, it meets expectations. Its fun, has good scenes and there is real danger when major character does die. As a mystery film, it has a few good scenes especially the end with Watson and the gypsy girl. The end is taken from the books and is a bit of a surprise.
A lot of this film seems to be set-up for another film which I don't know about. This Holmes is set-up for world traveling hero not a guy who would take the Hound of Baskerville case. I'd rather see that Holmes, but the BBC seems to be heading in that direction which I guess is way to distinguish between the two. Its a good film and if you have nothing to do this week, I suggest checking it out. If anything you get the epic Dark Knight Rising trailer. Oh lord, poor Heinz Field.
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I enjoyed it, but also wish it had more deduction and mystery. However, the ending does a pretty good job of paying that off. Moriarty is a great villain and foil for Sherlock. Their "mental duel" at the end was a really cool way to go. Also really enjoyed Mycroft.
Don't really see where the could go for a third film now though.
Originally posted by lotjx A lot of this film seems to be set-up for another film which I don't know about.
I don't see how this is the case. Of course, depending on the success of this one there would likely be a third installment in the pipeline, but this film was very much focusing on the current story it was telling.
I liked the first Holmes more overall, but A Game of Shadows (backofthehead.com) has a truly awesome third act confrontation between Holmes and Moriarty that overrode how bored I was with the action in the first half of the movie.
1) The CGI enhanced chase/shootout scene in the forest outside the munitions plant was a little overdone. I just hate watching a movie, which is live action (not a fantasy/Avatar type), and thinking this looks like a video game. If it was used sparingly okay, but to much slo-mo/POV for my taste.
2) No one wants to see Rachel McAdams as a brunette, or acting in a 19th century British period-piece.
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The reasoning for the school "shooting" was really lame. The songs were laughable at best. I'm with Turtle on this - singing to a cat was truly lame. Shark = jumped over. So Ryder's "catfish" girlfriend is someone in the Glee Club.