‘This is the best groundhog stew I’ve ever tasted!’
‘When did you last have a groundhog stew?’
I really liked this, the 2nd installment of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ with Robert Downey Jr. in the title role and Guy Ritchie in the directors seat. I most say, that it has seemingly made wonders for Ritchie being divorced from Madonna. Because, as it were the case before his marriage with The Madonna, he has been as good as infallible since his divorce. And this movie is really a mouthful, as it is Sherlock’s greatest case that he is tackling here, namely the case against Europe’s most terrific criminal mind, Professor James Moriarty.
This movie just about has it all, both the clever mind of Sherlock, as described in the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and all the moviemaking skills of Guy Ritchie as well as the splendid score by Hans Zimmer plus some classical music in the appropriate places (we are taking Europe circa 1880 here).
It is much darker than the first one, (some of) the good and likeable guys do die, are brutally killed actually, at the same time as it is still the good old Sherlock feeling, this darkness adds to the believability of this movie. Comic relief is delivered from time to time however, not only by Holmes and Watson, but also by Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock’s really clever brother), played by the almost infallible Stephen Fry. He is, admittedly, much more ‘outgoing’ (yes, there are hints to his sexuality, which he has never been bashful about – not that he should be) than he is in the books, but in Guy Ritchie’s universe it works, big time.
Cannot beat around the bush about it, but I’m a sucker for those ‘think-ahead’ fistfights, that Sherlock gets involved in. Also those super-slow (almost frozen) shots that Guy Ritchie indulges in from time to time, are so skillfully orchestrated that it is a sight for sore eyes to behold. Did I fail to mention that I’m both a Sherlock Holmes as well as a Guy Ritchie (and Stephen fry and Robert Downey Jr.) fan – I think I did 🙂
I do think that everyone in the cast delivers. Should I mention one who seems a little miscast, it must be Noomi Rapace (Madam Simza Heron). Don’t get me wrong, she actually fits the part as a gypsy fortune-teller, but somehow her swedish accent ruins it a little bit (she plays a french gypsy), however I’ve been told that she did not speak a word of english until she landed this part – amazing when you think about it! The other main female parts, Mary Watson (Kelly Reilly) and Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) are close to perfection in their roles.
There are really so much going on in this movie, that my short review cannot make it any justice at all. I can only urge you to go and see it – ASAP. I do really think that this sequel was better, in all aspects, that the original from two years ago. I’ll gotta award this flick six stars (out of six).