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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-01-02 07:52
Subject: [movies] Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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Yesterday I actually drove myself to the cinema, and watched Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadowsimdb ]. For me, the joy of these movies is watching Robert Downey, Jr. chew rugs and whatnot. Their relationship to canonical Holmesiana seems to stop at the character names insofar as I can tell, but not being a Holmes purist, this does not offend.

In this film we learn various lessons, including the inadvisability of picking a fight with people who have a munitions plant, and the inadvisability of letting Professor Moriarty provide your tea. Minor spoiler alert. I'm not certain Irene Adler is actually dead, and I wonder if the French police of the 1890s would not have been capable of distinguishing death by gunshot from death by bomb blast … little niggles like that kept popping up throughout the movie, but I didn't care. It was too much fun watching Holmes ruin Watson's honeymoon, then generally misbehave across Europe. Plus Stephen Fry was hilariously fun as Mycroft, especially in the at-home scene between him and the new Mrs. Watson.

The whole thing was a slam-bang fest of nigh epic proportions, with loads of period piece fun and games for the Victoriana and steampunk fans among us. Much as with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocolimdb ], the plot doesn't merit much if any intelligent interrogation. It's simply meant to be watched and enjoyed.

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roane
User: roane
Date: 2012-01-02 15:54 (UTC)
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Out of curiosity (and since series 2 premiered last night on BBC), have you seen the new BBC Sherlock at all?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-01-02 16:37 (UTC)
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No, and I would probably enjoy it.
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kellymccullough
User: kellymccullough
Date: 2012-01-02 17:29 (UTC)
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Hooray for increased mobility and functionality!
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Bruce E. Durocher II
User: bedii
Date: 2012-01-02 17:34 (UTC)
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My problem was that I spent the last half of the film wondering WHY the gipsies were playing a violin version of an Ennio Morricone theme for a Don Siegel western. Distracted me from all the exploding munitions, it did.
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Fluttering Things: batshit crazy
User: moxie_raqs
Date: 2012-01-02 17:44 (UTC)
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Keyword:batshit crazy
I thoroughly enjoyed *Game of Shadows.* I really like RDJ -- I loved *Wonder Boys,* and he won my heart completely via *Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.*

I second the BBC *Sherlock* recommendation -- it's superlative.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-01-02 17:46 (UTC)
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of those wonderful movies that almost no one ever saw, sadly.
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Fluttering Things
User: moxie_raqs
Date: 2012-01-02 19:25 (UTC)
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So true!!! My husband cringed frequently when I showed him this and *Wonderboys*... He calls them the "avalanche of bad decisions" type of film. No matter how funny they are, it's very anxiety-provoking for him to watch people digging their own holes.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2012-01-02 17:48 (UTC)
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Loved the film myself! Excellent eye candy. One of those where I checked my brain at the door and had fun with the whole nine yards.

And yay for the self-transport! Go you!
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madrobins
User: madrobins
Date: 2012-01-02 17:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Stephen Fry is not only astonishingly funny in that scene, he's, um, brave.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-01-02 19:14 (UTC)
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Yes indeed. And now that I think on it a bit more, interesting that the only naked person in the entire movie was an overweight, older man, despite the presence of at least three attractive younger women, not to mention Messr.s Downey, Jr. and Law, Male Eye Candy at Large. Not the usual Hollywood strategy at all. And a brilliant scene in the bargain.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-01-03 03:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Why did no one tell me that Stephen Fry was Mycroft in this movie???

Okay, will go see it this week.

Thank you.
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