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Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

You don’t need to read any of the books and you definitely don’t need to see the first Sherlock Holmes to enjoy its sequel. Set in 1981, we get a glimpse of a much darker story behind the World War. Filled with bombs, ‘visualization’ fight scenes and homo-erotica, director Guy Ritchie definitely knows how to put on a good show, especially with all of Holmes’ amazing costumes. As he says, “it’s so overt it’s covert.”

Robert Downey Jr. plays Sherlock Holmes with the same intoxicating charm and character as Johnny Depp plays Jack Sparrow. His erratic behavior floods the screen and you can’t help but fall in love with his goofy faces for Miss Adler (Rachel McAdams). Jude Law deserves a pat on the back for keeping up with his role as the sidekick. He shines just as brightly when the story demands more of his participation. It looks like the medical alcohol Holmes’ is drinking isn’t the best diet for a genius. Who knew?

Professor James Moriarty is the evil villain of this movie (who would expect a mathematician to start a war among nations?) Unfortunately, Jared Harris doesn’t give the best poker face. I sort of feel like he’s trying to channel the Joker but ends up with some sort of half smirk that’s half accomplished by his obnoxious mustache. Whenever he’s caught in the room with Holmes we lose sight of him and his perceived power.

The Sherlock Holmes mysteries never cease to surprise us. For one, the duo joins a group of gypsies lead by Madam Simza Heron (Noomi Rapace). They also take a trip to Paris, as Holmes notes is the more appropriate honeymoon destination. But most importantly, Watson gets a wake up call. One of the best moments in the film is when he takes on Holmes’ methods to solve the rest of the mystery, yet this is all narrated by Holmes.

And we can’t forget all the delicious homosexual habits among these good friends. Sure, Holmes wears a dress and accessorizes with dirty blue eyeshadow, and Watson won’t answer whether or not he’s happy with his wife, but their relationship (or partnership) is such a perfect mixture of too English virtues and nearly psychotic personalities that hypnotizes you during their banter. You simply can’t get enough of it. Another thing: Sherlock Holmes has a brother? Oh yes, Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry), adds quite a bit of comedic effect and quite a lot of his naked body.

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Amanda Chen

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