Posted by: Scott Groves | January 16, 2012

Movie review – Sherlock Holmes 2

I’m a sucker for these type of action-adventure  movies.  They remind me of the fun I had as a kid watching, and re-watching, Indian Jones and the Last Crusade.  The buddy comedy is also a genre that I enjoy.  Nothing like a good blockbuster to tune out the troubles of life for a couple of hours on a Thursday afternoon.

Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law are a great combo of actors and have pretty amazing on-screen chemistry.  I hope these two films were successful enough, and fun enough to film, that these two will work together on future projects.

If you’re a fan of House – and you should be, then you’ll love this reworked version of the Sherlock Holmes story.  In both movies, the 2009 Sherlock Holmes and the 2011 sequel A Game of Shadows, Robert Downey channels the intellectual cockiness and narcissistic attitude that Hugh Laurie has perfected over seven years while playing House, M.D..  Jude Law, much like Robert Sean Leonard’s character Wilson on House, plays the level-headed side-kick with ease and panache.

To be fair, I thought Jarred Harris’ character as the genius villain was a little underused and not particularly well written.  The final fight scene between Harris and Downey was a bit anti-climatic and could have been done better.  I also wish Noomi Rapace would have had a bigger speaking role as this is her first big US debut since having such amazing success with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy in Sweden.

As expected from this type of film, the action scenes were grandiose, entertaining and moved the film along at a fairly quick pace.

Overall a very fun movie that was worth the price of admission.

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