Friday, January 6, 2012

Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

There is nothing like starting the year by seeing a great movie.

Finally, one of the most awaited movies for the New Year is now in Philippine cinemas for everyone to enjoy. The second installment on the most amazing mystery novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  storms the big screens with another cunning chapter dubbed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Yesterday, Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines launched the Philippine Media Premier of this Sherlock Holmes movie which was graced by friends from the media community at the Glorietta 4, Makati City.

Directed by acclaimed British filmmaker and Madonna’s ex-husband Guy Ritchie, I consider this movie as Guy’s best film ever directed.

The first Sherlock Holmes in 2009, which was given due acknowledgments and nominations, has attracted a solid fan base among Doyle’s novel loyal followers and of course Robert Downey Jr.’s hardcore admirers. With the success of the first installment, the production was prompted to take another run of the story. This time, the movie offers a much more mind-boggling plot and action packed scenes.

This Sherlock Holmes sequel features another twist to the mystery-solving skills of Holmes and his ever loyal sidekick Watson played by the very versatile Jude law. The villain in the story is the diabolical genius Professor James Moiriarty played by another promising British actor, Jared Harris, whose wit seemed to surpasses Holmes’ deductive intelligence that led to dozens of close to death encounters that took every audience at the edge of their seats.

While almost every moment was a heart pounding and thrilling ride, there were also some pockets of comic relief made by the usual funny antics of Holmes and Watson. The hilariousness was multiplied by some humorous scenes courtesy of the funny British comic actor Stephen Fry as he played Sherlock Holmes’ brother Mycroft.

As most of the Sherlock novels end up with feel-good exit where you expect to find the dynamic duo saving the day, this one sends the happy ending story to the “grave”. However, since this story is flooded with twists and mystery, it is better for readers of this review to watch the movie for themselves and make their own deductions.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will be shown in all major cinemas in the Philippines starting January 8, 2012. This film is presented by Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines.

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