Though others may try, there is no greater, fictional, detective than Sherlock Holmes. Originally created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes has gone on to be the star of many adaptations, including Guy Richie’s extremely successful 2009 film. On the 16th of December, a sequel, also directed by Guy Richie, will hit cinemas, but will it be able to live up the high expectations of the excited fans?
The story picks up were the first one left off. Holmes, played by Robert Downey Jr., is hot on the trail of Professor Moriarty, played by Jared Harris. The film starts off with a, much too short, cameo appearance from Rachel McAdams who plays the infamous Irene Adler. In her place, as this film’s female character, is Sim, a fortune teller played by Swedish actress Noomi Rapace. This is Rapace’s first English speaking role, but she did a great job and Stephen Fry also appears in the film as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft.
I really enjoyed it, I went in with high expectations and they were exceeded. One thing I would say though is that I wasn’t expecting Moriarty’s face to be revealed so soon. They went through so much trouble to hide it in the first movie that it seems odd them showing it not only early in the film, but also in the trailer. Though it did lead to some interesting scenes between Holmes and Moriarty, I couldn’t help thinking that Moriarty had plenty of opportunities to kill Sherlock. However, I’m glad he didn’t make use of these opportunities as the rest of the adventure is an interesting ride full of twists and turns that recall earlier parts of the film that you didn’t think were important, which is one of my favourite things about these movies.
If, like me, you lack the observation skills that Holmes has, don’t worry as the plot is very clear and at the end of the film you’ll understand it all. If not, well you can Google it later and the scenery alone is enough to keep you occupied in the unlikely event that you get completely lost. I don’t know how they did it, but it really looks and feels like the late 1800s, which is important because if the look’s off then it’s harder to get engrossed in the world that they’ve made.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, or Sherlock Holmes 2, is a fantastic movie that, in my eyes, surpasses to original and maybe even steals the trophy of film of the year.
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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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