Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Revolver, all these films have something in common; they suck. I am not a fan of Guy Ritchie, on the one hand he irritates me because he almost predominately makes films about parody gangsters, on the other hand he is just a terrible writer. The awful, witless Revolver movie proved to me that Ritchie thinks himself far more clever that he actually is. However, that said, I liked Sherlock Holmes, partly because Guy Ritchie didn’t write the script, partly because there’s a lot less of the parody gangsters, but mostly because Guy Ritchie introduced us to a fairly unique take on the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson. While the actual story isn’t exactly a head-scratching mystery, the film is a fun, silly adventure with some cool set pieces and great chemistry between the leads; Robert Downney Jr. as a an appropriately disheveled Holmes, and Jude Law as a refreshingly intelligent Watson.
The clever casting was integral to the success of Sherlock Holmes, and it would seem the sequel has done it again, With lovable Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock’s older, smarter brother) and putting Jared Harris into the doubtlessly pointy shoes of Professor Moriarty. Sherlock Holmes obviously won’t be a masterpiece, but I’m betting it will be a lot of fun, and even seems to have more heart than most of the blockbusters showing at the moment. If nothing else it will remind audiences that it is possible to have a lighthearted fantasy adventure without making a pantomime, like Pirates of the Caribbean 4, a porno, like Transformers 3, or immoral bullshit like The Hangover 2. What I mean is, If nothing else, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows won’t treat it’s audience like shit.