June 15, 2012

GMC Day 15: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

Another day, another movie with actors I love in bad movies.

I love Robert Downey Jr. I really do. I even sat through Home for the Holidays, which stars Holly Hunter and I believe I've addressed how I feel about her voice already. I kept watching Ally McBeal long after it stopped being good just because he was on it. I watched Charlie Bartlett for him, for God's sake! He's one of the all-time favorite actors and it doesn't hurt that he'd be on my ahem, 5 free people list.

With all that in mind, and the fact that I quite enjoyed the first Sherlock Holmes, this movie was disappointing at best. I don't understand why directors or studios or whoever is making these crappy sequels don't get that not every movie can be made into a franchise. Doesn't Hollywood just make one great movie anymore? Is everything entitled to a string of subsequent movies? (Judging from the recent Madagascar series an the fact that Shrek is making what, a fifth movie now, that answer is yes). 

The amount of slow-motion used in this movie is inexcusable. IMDB lists its running time at 129 minutes. I am convinced there is about 6 minutes of plot and 20 minutes of action, stretched into the 129 minutes by way of slow-motion technology. You know how movies overuse CGI to the point that you can't help but laugh? It's like that. 

And while I appreciate the fact that Holmes is supposed to be a super smart guy that's always thinking ahead, the way he is portrayed in the movie makes you wonder how he ever gets caught by the bad guys. His chess-strategy narrative sequences are hilarious in their ridiculousness. I've never actually read a Sherlock Holmes story, but I know the director had an "expert" review the movies to ensure accuracy. This makes me all the more convinced that I am better off skipping the books too. Sorry, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Final word: If your eyes don't roll out of your head from this plot, well, good for you.

The Great Movie Challenge - read it from the beginning here.

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