All smoke and mir­rors

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Eguide Dvds -

WHILE di­rec­tor Guy Ritchie doesn’t get this fol­low- up to his 2009 reimag­in­ing of Sher­lock Holmes wrong, per se, he doesn’t ex­actly get a whole lot right with it, ei­ther. Visu­ally it’s again a high­light, but the pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with look­ing snazzy and in­fus­ing this se­quel with a gen­eral air of smug­ness smoth­ers the bet­ter bits.

Robert Downey Jr re­turns as the su­per sleuth, as does Jude Law as off­sider Doc Wat­son. The duo are try­ing to stop Holmes’s arch- neme­sis pro­fes­sor Mo­ri­arty from kick- start­ing a Euro­pean war. The sim­ple joy of the mys­tery is over­shad­owed by block­bust­ing ef­fects and count­less ac­tion scenes and makes Holmes look more like an ac­tion- hun­gry Vic­to­rian 007 than the very de­lib­er­ate clever dick we all love. But it has some plot­ting sub­tleties that work well and if you liked Ritchie’s take the first time, it’ll likely be your cup of tea. Ex­tras: A sprin­kling of pro­duc­tion/ in­ter­view fea­turettes – three in to­tal – on the chem­istry of the two leads, get­ting su­pervil­lian Mo­ri­arty just right and the ac­tion scenes.

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