Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My Quick Thoughts on the Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Promos

Guy Ritchie's version of Sherlock Holmes was one of the surprises of 2009 because I went in questioning whether or not I could buy the iconic detective as a legitimate action hero, and by the end of the movie I was more sold on the idea. Oddly enough, out of all of the big budget, action fueled, blockbusters that are slated to come out over the next couple of years, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is one that I want to see the most.

Over the last couple of days Warner Bros. has been busy bees as promotional materials for SH 2 and The Dark Knight Rises have been released prior to the opening of the final Harry Potter movie. I thought the promo posters for A Game of Shadows were novel, and only slightly better than the first ones, but they didn't rev any engines. Then the first trailer came out...

Now, I'll fully admit that the teaser was not perfect. It relied too much on blowing stuff up and action sequences, and we did not get too much information about the actual plot, but watching it was a lot of fun. I would have preferred that more attention had been spent on the chemistry between Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, but we know it exists so I'll let it slide.

Sherlock Holmes may not be the most conventional action franchise, but the combination of Ritchie, Downey, and Law has worked so far. I just hope they can catch lightning in a bottle again. You never know, Shadows could be Ritchie's Dark Knight.

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