A movie is always a creative collaboration of many talented people, all of which put their talents out, hoping that their joint efforts will create something special.
I loved the first Sherlock Holmes movie, directed by Guy Ritchie and was really anticipating the second movie, called Sherlock Holmes: a game of shadows that opened in the UK on the 16th of December, but at the same time I was a little apprehensive too-you know when you set up a high bar, the follow up is always trickier, as it does have to live up to your expectations and more often than not you get a tad disappointed.
The first 20 or 25 minutes I was slightly shifting in my seat at the new Everyman cinema in Maida Vale (the site where it is was empty for a long time and I can’t begin to describe how beautifully thought out the venue is, from the entrance, to the staircase, covered in old movie posters, to the bar/lounge area that is low lit but extremely cosy, whether you go there with a girlfriend or on a date) but then the pace picked up and I ended up being so engrossed in the plot that I held my breath at times. To be honest, I think the second instalment is a little bit more of a boy’s movie ( remember Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels ?), as there is lots of action, fights, guns but it gets balanced by great visuals effects, lots of humour and fantastic cast of actors-the formidable, one of a kind, getting even better with age, like wine, Robert Downey Jnr, very British in the best sense of the word Jude Law, cool Stephen Fry-he just appears on the screen and you feel almost instant comfort of sorts, Noomi Rapace who plays her first big role after the incredible success of the Stieg Larson trilogy and playing Lisbeth Salander (the movies were so good I honestly don’t know why they had to go and produce a Hollywood version) and Jared Harris who creates such an artfully psychotic version of Holmes’s arch nemesis, Professor Moriarty that with just a flicker of his eye or a gesture you feel apprehensive and scary goosebumps start racing all over your body……
Mr. Ritchie is very distinct in his directorial efforts but this movie goes even further, lifting the lid on his talent even more and showcasing a team of people who are very comfortable in each other’s company thus allowing them to create truly memorable and genuinely real characters who grip you into the whirlpool of action ( as does the music composed by the formidable Hans Zimmer), so all you can say when you leave the cinema, after just over two hours, is a very sincere ‘wow’-, I am truly in awe of people who can create such magic on the screen.
Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows, 129 minutes