Thursday, 23 February 2012

Film Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (2011)

Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney, Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris

This sequel to the 2009 hit is so pathetically sub-standard and boring, I’m not going to waste my time or yours in writing a long review and analysis on why this should be the last time Guy Ritchie gets within 100 feet of a movie camera. All production companies and film fans should take out a restraining order against him.

It is over-long, nonsensical, loud, grey, and has one successful laugh for every 10 attempts. Like he did in Iron Man 2, Robert Downey Jr outstays his welcome as a character he once made it fun to watch and the supporting cast all fall by the wayside as he goes about ‘doing his thing’ to varying degrees of boredom. And if you can’t watch the leading character without wishing he’d die, then you know the film’s a bad one.

As for the ‘direction’ or ‘style’ – it’s nearly as bad as Michael Bay’s Transformers series, but not as unpleasant. This film might only be 20 minutes long if every other scene wasn’t stretched out to what felt like 1 frame per second, yet Guy Ritchie must think it’s brilliant because it’s all he seem to have in his director’s toolbox. It’s not brilliant or even remotely enjoyable to watch; it’s immature, boring, and at best amateur film making. But with a $125 million budget at his disposal, sometimes these excuses for entertainment are over looked because everything goes ‘bang’ at the end.

The box office takings have been underwhelming so far, so I’m hoping we’re not going to suffer another instalment as totally inadequate as this one.


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