Every Christmas one of Stefan and my favorite gifts that we receive is movie gift cards. Going to a movie is extremely expensive for those of us on a tight budget, and frankly, I'd rather spend $18 on something that I can hold in my hand, like a book, some yarn, or some new fabric. We are also Netflix DVD/streaming subscribers, so there's always the option to watch it at home in a month or two anyway. However, once New Years rolls around we are itching to get out of the house, drop the kids off at one of the grandparents, and go to the movie theater, where we can enjoy the night completely guilt free with our gift card (thanks Oma, Opa, and Grammy!). Going to a movie is a really fun experience, and so we are tedious in our options. What usually happens is Stefan picks out his top 5 choices, and I narrow it down once I've seen all the trailers.
We fixed our eyes on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows after seeing the first one at home a year ago. We both loved the humor, the action, the plot, the music, and the artistic license director Guy Ritche took with Sherlock Holmes. I am not, I repeat NOT someone who loves a good beat 'em up movie (i.e. you will never find me watching Rambo), but these movies are just plain fun and enjoyable to watch.
Game of Shadows starts where the first one left off, with Watson about to be married, and Holmes obsessing on a new mystery while experimenting with some crazy scientific solution. The acting is great in these movies--they are all star casts with Jude Law and Robert Downing Jr playing very convincing roles of the mastermind and his brilliant but more cautious side kick. The plot of both movies are finding criminals who are at the edge of the world and yet not as cunning as Sherlock. The dialogue is smart and funny as House sarcasm, which is why Stefan and I find it so appealing.
We gave this 4 out of 5 stars because of the sheer entertainment value. Go ahead and watch the trailer. Thrilling, hilarious, and a great mystery...tell me you're not excited after a teaser like that?