Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows

I have feelings!

My emotions ran the gambit as I watched this movie.

Spoilers ahead. You've been warned. 

Among my first thoughts were "This stuff is so silly and over the top. I hope the whole movie isn't like this." I was seriously sitting there worried that I wasn't going to enjoy the movie because they were being so silly.

Of course, this was after they killed off Irene Adler and I sat there with that "Oh NO they DID NOT!" look on my face.

So, early on, it wasn't looking so good. But, I hung in there. And am I ever glad I did!

Beyond the over the top moments that occured here and there I really enjoyed this movie.

I could go on and on and on about the performances. Especially Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law and Jared Harris.

Moriarty showed up on screen and I thought. "Who is this guy?" referring to the actor. I didn't recognize him and I have to say I was a bit skeptical.

Was I ever wrong!

Moriarty was terrifying. Seriously, this was the creepiest, scariest villian I've seen in a while. I really love when the villain is just that calm and collected.

I remember when the first Sherlock Holmes movie came out and there was this rumor floating around that Brad Pitt would be Moriarty in the sequal. I'm SO glad he wasn't. I doubt very much he could have done with this part what Jared Harris did. Acting is obviously in the blood of that family. AMAZING.

As for Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, I have one word - CHEMISTRY.

OK, I have more words. I want four more Sherlock movies just so I have the chance to see Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law share the screen again and again and again. They're great on their own but they make an excellent on screen pair.

I was distracted often by the depth of emotion in Robert Downey Jr.'s eyes. There were times when I just felt so sad while watching this movie and now that I think about it those were almost all, if not all, times with no dialog at all. Simply the look in his eyes.

As far as "eye acting" goes, I'm a big fan of Nathan Fillion. But, after tonight, Robert Downey Jr. is definitely right near the top of the list. And not only Robert Downey Jr. Jude Law also showed impressive emotion without saying anything. Wonderful.

If you weren't a fan of these actors before this movie I can almost guarantee that will change after you see this movie.

Overall, I loved it. I want to see it again.