SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Blu-ray Review

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There are so many versions of Sherlock Holmes that having “the Robert Downey Jr. one” in the mix only adds a different flavor to the character. His version is more of an action hero than problem solver (though there’s much of that too), and the latest adventure Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – directed by Guy Richie and co-starring Jude Law as Dr. Watson – is entertaining enough, and it ends well. But it feels a little routine. If the first film was clever and had more of a sense of discovery, this is just more of the same. Our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

TOP 5: SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Interviews, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, The Crazy Week in Trailers, Golden Globe Nods, BRIDESMAIDS’ Awards Season Chances

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Admittedly, I have fallen off of the beaten path with regards to checking out awards season contenders in the theaters this year. That said, I’m hoping to begin turning all of that around this afternoon as a matinee of director Jason Reitman’s Young Adult is currently on my Saturday itinerary. While I can’t claim to be a huge Diablo Cody fan (I tend to think her characters all sound the same…as in, exactly like Diablo Cody), I’m almost always happy with Reitman’s work. Moreover, Charlize Theron looks to be in rare comedic form (an arena she doesn’t always find herself in, but one she undoubtedly has the chops to pull off). All in all, here’s to hoping that my Young Adult screening is just the tip of my awards season iceberg. In the meantime…

…In this week’s “Top 5″ installment, you’ll find a slew of interviews for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, a number of new assets from director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, a recap of this crazy week in trailers, a rundown of the 69th Annual Golden Globes nods, and a light musing regarding Bridesmaids‘ awards season chances. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Review

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The first Sherlock Holmes had to overcome the challenge of readjusting the legendary detective to a modernized version who lived in a jacked-up version of Victorian England.  The film was a hit, audiences accepted director Guy Ritchie‘s re-imagined Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr.), and the sequel moves on to broadening the world, upping the ante, and refining the rough parts of the original.  Like its predecessor, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is fun, easily-digestible entertainment, but the sequel simplifies the mystery and misses a major opportunity to highlight one of literature’s great villains.

Noomi Rapace Talks SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, PROMETHEUS, and DEAD MAN DOWN

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After well-earned global acclaim for her riveting portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the original film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium Trilogy (which includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Swedish actress Noomi Rapace set her sights on Hollywood. In her first English-speaking role (she learned how to speak the language only three years ago), she plays Sim, the mysterious Gypsy who allies with Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) in their quest to stop Moriarty (Jared Harris), in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (opening on December 16th).

At the film’s press junket, Collider spoke to Noomi Rapace, in both a press conference and a 1-on-1 interview, about being one of the newcomers to the Sherlock Holmes franchise, working with director Guy Ritchie, how the emotional scenes are more difficult for her than the physical ones, and how she would love to revisit the character, if she were asked back for another film. She also talked about her transition to American movies, working with Ridley Scott on the 2012 summer blockbuster Prometheus, which she recently gotten to see some of while doing ADR in London, re-teaming with her Dragon Tattoo director, Niels Arden Oplev, for Dead Man Down (starring Colin Farrell), possibly working with Brian DePalma on Passion, and that it’s looking like The Last Voyage of Demeter is not going to work out. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

Robert Downey Jr. SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Interview

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In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the world most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Accustomed to being the smartest man in the room, criminal mastermind Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris) throws Holmes off of his game, with his capacity for evil and lack of a moral compass keeping him steps ahead. As Holmes’ investigation into Moriarty’s plot becomes more dangerous, it also puts his friend and colleague, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), at risk and threatens to alter the course of history.

At a press conference to promote the film’s December 16th theatrical release, Robert Downey Jr. talked about the challenge of taking the character and story to another level for the sequel, always keeping Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in mind when playing the role, transforming into a woman this time around, and working with Jared Harris and developing the adversarial relationship between Holmes and Moriarty. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Noomi Rapace Talks Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS, DEAD MAN DOWN With Colin Farrell, Brian DePalma’s PASSION, and More

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Having learned to speak English only three years ago, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace is making quite a splash in Hollywood. After well-earned global acclaim for her riveting portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the original film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium Trilogy (which includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), her first English-speaking role is as a mysterious Gypsy named Sim, in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

At the press junket for Sherlock 2, Collider got the opportunity to chat with the actress who is clearly very passionate about her craft and, while we will run the portion of the interview about that film, closer to its December 16th release, we did want to share what she had to say about her transition to American movies. She talked about working with Ridley Scott, who is one of her heroes, on the 2012 summer blockbuster Prometheus, which she recently gotten to see some of while doing ADR in London a couple weeks ago, re-teaming with her Dragon Tattoo director, Niels Arden Oplev, for Dead Man Down, starring Colin Farrell, possibly working with Brian DePalma, and that it’s looking like The Last Voyage of Demeter is not going to work out. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

9 Clips from SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

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We’ve been provided with nine clips from Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows to share with our readers.  The sequel finds Robert Downey Jr.’s Holmes and Jude Law’s Watson going head-to-head with supervillain Moriarty, played by Mad Men’s Jared Harris.  This time around Holmes and Watson have a new companion in Noomi Rapace, who plays a gypsy tagging along on their quest to get to the bottom of Moriarty’s dastardly plan.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  If you missed any of Steve’s coverage from the set, be sure to check out his interviews with Downey Jr. and Law, Rapace, Harris, producers Susan Downey and Lionel Wigram, as well as his video blog recapping the events of the set visit.  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens December 16th.

47 New Images from SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

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With the release of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows only a few weeks away, Warner Bros. has released 47 new images from the movie.  If you want to see 47 moments from the movie including a first look at Stephen Fry as Holmes’ brother Mycroft, hit the jump.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, and Jared HarrisSherlock Holmes:  A Game of Shadows opens December 16th.

Final Poster for SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

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Warner Bros. has released the final poster for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and it’s not good.  First, it’s probably not the best idea to put your movie stars way in the background thus minimizing their faces.  Second, the looming shadow of Moriarty (Jared Harris) is a nice touch, but it only works if you know he’s the villain and what he looks like.  Otherwise, it’s just the shadow of a guy with a top hat and cane.  Finally, what the hell are Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law) looking at?  Watson seems to be aiming in the opposite direction of Moriarty, and Holmes is posing for a photo shoot.

Hit the jump to check out the poster and see failure in advertising.  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens December 16th.

New THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Trailer and Possibly a HOBBIT Teaser Attached to SHERLOCK HOLMES 2

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Collider fans know that you can get your first look at The Dark Knight Rises when its prologue appears at some IMAX theaters in front of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol on December 16th. Then, we reported that a new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises could screen before Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows which also opens on December 16th. Variety film reporter Jeff Sneider confirmed this rumor on Twitter and added an additional reason to check out Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. It seems that a teaser trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will also screen before the sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Do yourself a favor and schedule a double feature on December 16th to get in on all the Dark Knight Rises action.

TOP 5: SHERLOCK HOLMES Set Visit Coverage, BREAKING DAWN, MIRROR MIRROR Trailer, THE HUNGER GAMES Trailer, Wizarding World of Harry Potter Coverage

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As I write today, in the back of mind rests more than a handful of permutations for my Black Friday plan of attack. Do I really need a new 42 inch HDTV? How about various seasons of television on DVD/Blu-ray for rock bottom prices? What about one of those sweet Dyson vacuum cleaners with the roller ball? The answer to all of the above is most likely a resounding “no”, but need isn’t what Black Friday is all about. Not even close. Black Friday is all about getting something/anything on the cheap if for no other reason than because if you don’t, then the person behind you in line will. Oh, America. How I love thee.

In this week’s “Top 5″ installment you’ll find our set visit coverage for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, our review and interviews for a little movie you may have heard about called The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, the first trailer for director Tarsem Singh’s Snow White-tale Mirror Mirror, a new trailer for Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games adaptation, and Steve’s coverage from his visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law On Set Interview SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

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While the last few years has seen a number of great “bromances” on movie screens, I think my favorite was the love affair between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes.  Not only did they successfully reboot Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s characters to a new generation of moviegoers, they looked like they were having a blast in the process and their great chemistry made everything more believable.

So when I got to visit the set of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows earlier this year outside of London, I got to see their working relationship first hand.  However, if you think the sequel is just going to be more of the same, Downey Jr. told us that the bromance is not front and center as “this time we are attempting to transcend that a little bit by making these two guys go up against something that is bigger than both of them.”  During the on set interview Downey and Law also talked about the darker tone, the new characters, Watson’s gambling problem, their filming process, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what they said.

Noomi Rapace On Set Interview SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

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While Noomi Rapace had been acting in Sweden for a number of years, she wasn’t well known Stateside until she landed the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish/Danish film adaptations of the Millennium series by author Stieg Larsson.  However, after her breakthrough role, Rapace took meetings all over Hollywood and landed two big roles: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus.

While on set earlier this year, I got to participate in a group interview with Rapace and she talked about how she landed the role, who she plays (a gypsy named Sim), how a big budget Hollywood movie compares to her previous work in the indie world, how she prepared for the role, how she dealt with the action, working with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for more.

Jared Harris Talks About Playing Moriarty on the Set of SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

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In the sequel to Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes, Jared Harris (Mad Men) plays the villain Moriarty, Holmes’ nemesis that was referred to at the end of the first flick.  While the safe choice for Warner Bros. would have been to cast a huge star to play the villain, I think the casting of Harris was brilliant and perfect.  First, he’s a great actor.  But just as important as his talents in front of the camera is the fact that he’s a chameleon-like character actor.  If the studio had cast someone like Tom Cruise in the role, you’d have a tough time seeing Moriarty on screen.  However, with Harris as Holmes’ arch nemesis, I think they’ve nailed the casting and audiences are going to be in for a really fun ride.

Earlier this year I got to visit the set of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows when the production was filming outside of London.  While on set I got to participate in a group interview with Harris where he talked about how he got cast, the way he worked with Robert Downey Jr. and Ritchie, the story of the sequel, how his Moriarty is so manipulative that he doesn’t need to commit violence himself or kill people as he can get others to do it for him, his research into the role, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for more.

Producers Susan Downey and Lionel Wigram On Set Interview SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

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As the producers of the Sherlock Holmes movies, Susan Downey and Lionel Wigram (who helped write the first film) deserve a lot of credit for bringing Holmes into the 21st Century and making him appeal to a new generation of moviegoers.  If you’re a movie nerd, you know the challenges of trying to bring classic literary characters to life.  Especially ones that have been done many times before.

Anyway, earlier this year I got to visit the set of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows when the production was filming about forty-five minutes outside of London. While on set, I got to participate in a group interview with Downey and Wigram.  We talked about the new cast members (Stephen Fry, Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris) and why they wanted them, Moriarty’s plan, where and when the sequel takes place, if there were any discussions about 3D, their thoughts on a 3rd Sherlock Holmes, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for more.

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