Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

A British American action film directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
Holmes and Watson foil the plans of bad guys. Watson gets married and there is an evil doctor.
Sherlock Holmes does not know kung fu. That's just to start. The plot was desultory, choppy and nearly incoherent. The characters didn't make much sense. Sherlock Holmes was developed a little bit, Watson a little less and everyone else: zero character development. The video was atrocious! It must have taken hours just to shoot and edit one gunshot with all the different camera angles showing the blast in slow motion, following the bullet's path and then spinning around where it hits. Sifu Holmes demonstrates Shaolin kung fu techniques that he could not possibly have known in that place and time, in much the same manner as shooting a gun was just described. The audio was actually not as bad as I thought it might be. I could hear all of the dialogue and the soundtrack music was mixed at a correct level. The fact that the music sounded like chap hop to me is inconsequential at this point. Overall, totally inappropriate for the subject matter. Sherlock Holmes was a detective, not a warrior. I rate this bad. DO NOT WATCH!!!

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