SHERLOCK HOLMES : A GAME OF SHADOWS (2011)---
Robert Downey Jr. goes through a feature's length with three days' growth of
beard except for a segment where he's femme-disguised, thus clean-shaven, though
for scenes taking place a mere hours' later, he's got the stubble back. Such is
magic of contempo pix, where lead men are seemingly under order to shun razors.
That's my only knock, however, upon a lively lark and further desecration of
Doyle by modern re-thinkers evidently onto a good thing, based on biz done so
far by redressed Holmes (a third one is on tap). I'll be frank (and maybe
surprising) to say that Downey
is my favorite of Sherlocks so far, excluding of course, Rathbone The
Greatest. With an actor so effective as RDJr., you don't need so much frenzy
action, however. I wanted to be past set-pieces and back to dialogue of
cat-mouse quality between Downey's Holmes and a splendid Moriarty they cast in
Jared Harris, late of Mad Men, and I hope, set to reprise villainy on future SH
occasion. Jude Law is terrific too as Watson, his and Downey's by-play an ongoing highlight.
Yes, there is such thing as fun modern movies. Holmes/Watson as embodied by this
pair can go on forever so far as my sitting time's concerned.