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#1 Dark Mark

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:10 PM

I saw the sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) on the weekend. I found heavy handed use of camp humour annoying, don’t get me wrong I’m British and enjoy camp humour but this was just clumsy and the film was lesser for it. The film meanders from one overblown set piece to another and winds up at a waterfall in Switzerland so fans of the source material are left with no surprises there. Not a complete disaster but perilously close.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:15 PM

did you see/ like the first one?

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:25 PM

I think you've already posted about this in another thread, haven't you?

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:46 PM

I think you've already posted about this in another thread, haven't you?


I posted some thoughts on Guy Ritchie’s previous effort in another thread (a film I enjoyed more than this by the way) but as this is a recent release which I have just experienced I felt it may deserve it’s own thread.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:12 AM

Right you are. When I get a chance, I'll try to move the discussion of the movie over here - if it's possible to separate them. :)

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 01:46 AM

I liked it. Viually very pleasing; big nod to steampunk aesthetics. A little meandering — could have been tighter, but overall quite enjoyable way to while away a couple of hours.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:20 AM

Put it this way: They have Noomi Rapace in the cast and yet Stephen Fry gets a nude scene? :blink:

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:22 AM

Put it this way: They have Noomi Rapace in the cast and yet Stephen Fry gets a nude scene? :blink:


That's just wrong.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:26 AM

I saw the sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) on the weekend. I found heavy handed use of camp humour annoying, don’t get me wrong I’m British and enjoy camp humour but this was just clumsy and the film was lesser for it. The film meanders from one overblown set piece to another and winds up at a waterfall in Switzerland so fans of the source material are left with no surprises there. Not a complete disaster but perilously close.


I found it entertaining enough (but then I'm a huge Guy Ritchie fan).

As a mystery movie it's a failure, since the 'bad guy' is identified in the first 5 minutes, and the whole movie is about bringing him to justice.

As an action/comedy with a James Bond villain, I thought it was first rate.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:42 PM

Mah. This is one of those cases where I love Sherlock Holmes too much to enjoy those films.

They may be decent period action flicks, but Sherlock Holmes and Watson are nowhere to be found.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:47 PM

Mah. This is one of those cases where I love Sherlock Holmes too much to enjoy those films.

They may be decent period action flicks, but Sherlock Holmes and Watson are nowhere to be found.


Thats why i have programmed myself to think these films dont exist. They are decent over the top action and not for purist fans. I like Guy Ricthie when he does brit gangster films but he is terrible as mystery director and Sherlock Holmes hehe......

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:11 PM

Put it this way: They have Noomi Rapace in the cast and yet Stephen Fry gets a nude scene? :blink:

That's just wrong.

THAT'S why it was so funny!
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:14 PM


Mah. This is one of those cases where I love Sherlock Holmes too much to enjoy those films.

They may be decent period action flicks, but Sherlock Holmes and Watson are nowhere to be found.


Thats why i have programmed myself to think these films dont exist. They are decent over the top action and not for purist fans. I like Guy Ricthie when he does brit gangster films but he is terrible as mystery director and Sherlock Holmes hehe......


I'm generally a purist type. But there have been so many really bad Holmes projects out there that the good-natured goofiness of the Ritchie movies doesn't bother me at all. Plus Kelly Reilly!
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:18 PM

I saw this when it first came out.
While I enjoyed, the first movie is obviously better.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:18 PM

is he still using his wing chun in this one?
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:20 PM

is he still using his wing chun in this one?

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:16 PM

Well, kind of .... Holmes was a master of baritsu, which is fictional, not "bartitsu." Doyle probably just misspelled the word, but in doing so he actually got it right. "baritsu" COULD be a Japanese word, while "bartitsu" could not.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:10 PM

Bartitsu is a play on Barton, from the founder of the practice, Edward Barton-Wright.

I loved the aesthetics of Game of Shadows — but I'm quite fond of that turn-of-the-century world.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:40 PM

Mah. This is one of those cases where I love Sherlock Holmes too much to enjoy those films.

They may be decent period action flicks, but Sherlock Holmes and Watson are nowhere to be found.


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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:04 AM

This just reminds me of my favorite thing about Sherlock Holmes: his 'deductive reasoning' verges on ESP.
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