October 19, 2011


Warner Bros. has finally released a new trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and it is discouraging.  There are a few neat moments like some glimpses of Rachel McAdams reprising her role as Irene Adler (although the role will amount to a cameo this time around), and the formation of ye old sniper rifle.  But what I find troubling about this trailer is that it’s very light on story.  Usually the second trailer is all about laying out the plot and this one is just more action.  Lots and lots of action, which is fine, but Sherlock Holmes vs. Professor Moriarty is one of the great fictional battles of all-time.  This movie may have boiled it down to excessive speed-ramping.  Here’s hoping I’m wrong.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, and Jared Harris.  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens December 16th.

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Here’s the official synopsis for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows:

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law returns as his formidable colleague, Dr. Watson, in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large–Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)–and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder–a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by one Professor Moriarty. Mixing business with pleasure, Holmes tracks the clues to an underground gentlemen’s club, where he and his brother, Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) are toasting Dr. Watson on his last night of bachelorhood. It is there that Holmes encounters Sim (Noomi Rapace), a Gypsy fortune teller, who sees more than she is telling and whose unwitting involvement in the prince’s murder makes her the killer’s next target. Holmes barely manages to save her life and, in return, she reluctantly agrees to help him. The investigation becomes ever more dangerous as it leads Holmes, Watson and Sim across the continent, from England to France to Germany and finally to Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead as he spins a web of death and destruction–all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.


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  • Elin

    Wohooo!! Noomi Rapace! The Swedish invasion of Hollywood continues! Hahah.. freakin’ fantastic, can’t wait! Heading to a party in Stockholm tonight wearing my new hot dress for a beer in the sun! :)

  • Mark Buffalo

    Why no Stephen Fry in the trailer? Is his role as Mycroft Holmes little more than a cameo?

  • Chelsy DeFer

    I look forward to seeing some of the following characters in future sequels:
    Inspector Baynes, Billy, Inspector Bradstreet, Tobias Gregson, Stanley Hopkins, Shinwell Johnson, Athelney Jones, Colonel Sebastian Moran, Langdale Pike, Wiggins, Enola Holmes, Raffles Holmes, Sherringford Holmes, Mary Russell

  • pi

    “Warner Bros. has finally released a new trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and it is discouraging.”

    Matt, you don’t listen to collider readers complaint do you? =)

  • pi

    “Warner Bros. has finally released a new trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and it is discouraging.”

    Matt, you don’t listen to collider readers complaint do you? =)

  • salezy

    isnt this better than the trailer explaining the whole story :D

  • mil

    i hope it’s as instantly forgettable as the last one.

  • matthew

    I can’t wait to see this, and see why they didn’t name it “Sherlock Holmes: Attack of the Speed-Ramping Expoldey-Stuff”

  • ch

    I hope it has got some interesting story behind it, and not just a succession of action sequences within a drab story like the first one.
    The trailer looks like more of the same though, with annoying music.
    Jude Law, just meh. Downey in drag looks like fun though.

  • Alex-mansy

    Looks like the same from the first but worse.

  • Terry

    Noomi has no screen presence IMHO. The first Holmes sucked and I don’t think the 2nd will do any better for me.

  • AlexHeyNa

    I don’t understand why WB doesn’t release these as Summer Blockbusters? I feel like they would do even better in that category, rather than as a holiday/Awards season release.

    Also.. I’m beginning to realize no one takes your opinion seriously, Matt.