KUNG FU, HOLMES!

January 9, 2012

My piece on Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows is now up on the gmanews.tv website. An enjoyable enough action film albeit lengthy and filled with the kind of British drollery that could bleach a shirt dry.

Kung fu? Check. Very big guns? Check. Street brawling? No shit Sherlock! Plus Noomi Rapace of TGWTDT fame kicks ass as a gypsy fortune-teller.

A trans-Euro detective adventure with ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’

KARL R. De MESA January 8, 2012 4:40pm
Probably one of the biggest coups in modern literature to film adaptations is director Guy Ritchie’s reimagining of Sherlock Holmes as a detection genius with powers of observation to rival a CSI team, AND as a streetwise, bare-knuckled brawler whose physical prowess plays equal importance to solving crime.
If the current generation being introduced to him thinks the Holmes character was really this scrappy, wait `til they read Arthur Conan Doyle’s books. They’re in for a surprise.
If you saw the first Sherlock Holmes movie (also directed by Ritchie), you’ll be familiar with Holmes’s effective use of martial arts to get out of some tight situations. In “Game of Shadows,” equally as crucial is Holmes’s flair for disguises. He uses and abuses it to eavesdrop, steal from, and trail his enemies. And sometimes even friends!
In fact, the movie opens with Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) tailing an unsuspecting Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) through London’s marketplace and Chinese quarters dressed as a, well, Oriental elder complete with Fu Manchu moustache. Turns out Adler’s being followed too and, as they try to evade their own stalkers, Holmes’s London is revealed to be full of grime, squalor and more immigrant cultures than you can shake a walking stick at. Like an inner city street in Manila, grit doesn’t begin to describe it.
“I was very keen to return to Sherlock Holmes’s world because the experience of making the first movie was so positive, both personally and creatively,” said Guy Ritchie in the movie’s media production notes. “His idiosyncrasies almost transcend description, so I wanted the opportunity to explore that more, while giving audiences something they hadn’t seen.”
You can read the rest of the article HERE.

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