SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS (WB, 2011) D: Guy Ritchie, w/ Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law. Rating: NN; Blu-ray package: NNN Rating: NN
SHINO and WINO strike again. That would be Sherlock Holmes In Name Only and Watson ditto as Robert Downey Jr. (Holmes) and Jude Law (Watson) reprise their roles from the 2009 Sherlock Holmes.
The first half of the movie goes for high camp, with Downey mouthing arch dialogue in bad drag and suggestions of a Holmes/Watson gay relationship. Law plays straight man and convinces us that Watson tolerates Holmes but thoroughly detests him.
The action-adventure ramps up in the second half, but by then it's too late. There's no possible way to give a damn when Holmes, Watson and a Roma (Noomi Rapace) go racing across Europe in a desperate bid to thwart criminal genius Professor Moriarty.
Handsome visuals and lots of action make this acceptable couch fodder, but if you'd like to see Holmes done well and with humour, check out the Basil Rathbone flicks from the 30s and 40s, the 80s Jeremy Brett series and the current Benedict Cumberbatch series.
Downey shows up for select scene commentary in the disc's Maximum Movie Mode. He's moderately amusing and informative and clearly no fan of commentaries.
EXTRAS Downey selected scenes commentary, cast and crew interviews. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles.