Checked out SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS from Redbox and I have to say it was pretty much what I expected all the way through. I don't know if it was better or worse than the original Robert Downey Jr Outing at Holmes because although I saw it, I don't remember a second of it.
Holmes and Watson are breaking up-- Watson has decided to get married and his first mistake is to choose Sherly (as his brother Mycroft calls him) as his best man. Well, things happen-- not the least of which takes the brand new Mrs Watson out of the film to which Dr. Watson seems to forget almost immediately-- and Sherlock must match wits with Professor Moriarty-- Moriarty as we all know, is the Napoleon of crime and you can't have a Holmes film without him.
I liked the movie, in fact I was entertained by it a lot more than Veronica who is currently enamored with the BBC Series SHERLOCK which I find a muddled and humourless bore.
At least this version of Holmes mixes in some humor along with the ridiculous CGI action, filmed in such a way that we get instant freeze frames to see how much damage, say, a bullet inflects on a tree at close range-- this type of filming does nothing to advance the story (was there one?) and instead feeds to the video game crowd who apparently can't be entertained unless a lot of stuff is blowing up and people are leaping through the air with the aid of wires and CGI.
Oh yeah, back to the review.
Downey Jr and Jude Law are horribly cast as Holmes and Watson--the chemistry is there though--even though I think it's the greatest travesty to Holmes since Charlton Heston played the role for TNT a few years ago. But if you can forget anything you know about 221B Baker Street and just appreciate a mindless Summer movie, then there are worse ways to spend a couple of hours.
Plus it sends a nice message to the Brits, keep taking our Heroes (Superman, Batman and Spider-Man are all now played by Brits) and we'll keep sticking guys like Downey Jr as Holmes-- and watch out-- it's only a matter of time before we make George Clooney James Bond.