Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
In 2009 Sherlock Holmes proved that he could still draw in a crowd, but will the sequel be able to live up to the first?
Sherlock Holmes is a familiar name to most people, but how many really know him? Do people still read the books that made him famous or watch the films that bring him to life? Judging by the praise that Guy Richie’s 2009 adaptation got, it’s safe to say that Holmes’s fan base is as vast as ever. The movie used elements from various Sherlock Holmes stories, even going as far as bringing in Irene Adler, who is a massive fan favourite despite only appearing in one story (A Scandal in Bohemia). Adler will return in the sequel, but just to tie up some loose ends.
The sequel takes inspiration from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story The Final Problem. It is this tale that introduces the evil Professor Moriarty. Originally intended to be the final Sherlock Holmes story, Doyle ends it by killing off both Holmes and Moriarty. Complaints by fans led Doyle to bring Holmes back by revealing that Holmes had defeated Moriarty and faked his own death to prevent Moriarty’s henchmen coming after him. The plot of the movie will take elements from the story; it will not be an exact translation. However, which parts they are keeping is still unclear. They wouldn’t kill Holmes would they?
Mycroft Holmes, brother of the infamous Sherlock, will be played by Stephen Fry. Mycroft was briefly mentioned in the 2009 film and has been in many of the books. Mycroft has even better deducing skills than Sherlock, but he lacks the drive and energy to physically go out and solve a case. His role in the movie will be to assist Sherlock and Watson in outsmarting Moriarty. Also aiding Sherlock and Watson is a gypsy called Sim, who is played by Noomi Rapace.
This film will show off Holmes ability as a master of disguise. Sherlock will even go as far as dressing like a woman, which was, Sherlock Holmes star, Robert Downey Jr.’s idea. This should add to the comic relief that made the first one so entertaining. The movie is set to hit cinemas, in America, on the 16th of December and on the 25th of December, in Europe.
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