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Dear Kathryn,

Well, the very two things that stuck out to us so much in the first movie remained ever-present for me as I watched this sequel: the chemistry between the two male leads and the strangely intellectual dimension to Holmes’ physical skills. Whereas I think you described the first installation as a long trailer for the true act with Moriarty (and I whole heartedly agreed with your interpretation at the time), I can’t say I enjoyed this second one nearly as much as the first. There were a few moments – when Holmes met with Moriarty in his office, for example – when the tension between the two, and Jared Harris’ acting in particular, was quite stunning. But I felt like the whole movie ran like a series of vignettes that, while quite beautifully produced, nevertheless lacked much narrative coherence. I thought the genius of Moriarty would bring us a great story – he seemed mostly to bring more explosions.

So, on to these two ever-present ponderings: first, the male lead chemistry. I don’t quite know what to make of it! I couldn’t tell if I was frustrated that they Read the rest of this entry »

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January 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Sherlock Holmes

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Dear Natalie,

I have to admit, I am pretty geekily attracted to superhero and spy thrillers and the prospect of a super-sexy synthesis in the updated detective of Baker Street had me more eager for this movie than was perhaps warranted. Not to mention I love Robert Downey, Jr. and relish any chance to see his well-honed wit and well-toned abs in action. I grew up watching the British television series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, with the lean, wry, arrogant Jeremy Brett as Holmes, and had long arguments with my older sister about the inappropriate physique of Downey, Jr. to play the logical mastermind (she suggested Adrian Broddy instead), not to mention the liberties taken with the action sequences and plotlines. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 29, 2009 at 10:45 am