A Game of Shadows
This series is really enjoyable to
watch. Robert Downey, Jr. makes a
credible and athletic Mr. Holmes, a master of disguise and observer of nearly
everything. In this latest installment
(and hereís hoping there will be more), his sidekick, Dr. Watson (Jude Law),
is getting married, and Holmes grieves at the loss of his partner, who also
acts as his emotional anchor, since without Dr. Watson, Holmes seems to fly
off into some mental stratosphere populated by the genius/crazies, bumping
from flight of fancy to near-lunacy.
Holmesí nemesis is Professor James
Moriarty, a brilliant astronomer who also has a shadowy side:
to quietly buy up some munitions businesses, cause a little anarchy in
the 1891 political world, in order to scare governments into arming
themselves, so he can supply the armament. Greed,
exacerbated by arrogance.
Holmes and Moriarty are bitter enemies,
each determined to overcome the considerable influence of the other.
Thereís lots of collateral damage, which extends not only to their
friends and families, but even to the Gypsy camp which they manage to enlist
as allies. Itís all complex to the
point of bewildering, but thatís part of the charm.
Noomi Rapace makes for a convincing
Gypsy, and Jude Law an endearing Watson. Thereís
a nice cameo by Rachel McAdams, and Jared Harris is downright menacing as
Professor Moriarty. Director Guy Ritchie gives
and Law the room to interact manically, even maniacally, but he seems to be
enamored of a rapid-sequence, sweeping-camera kind of movement that is
literally dizzying. Combined with the
slow-motion action sequences, the cinematography is downright distracting,
which is a shame, because itís otherwise a playful romp through an
entertaining literary classic.
Dr.Ronald P.Salfen, Interim Pastor, St.
Stephenís Presbyterian Church,