For many of you out there, today or tomorrow is the signified night on which your family pulls up the list of playing movies and argues until you can all finally agree on one to see. Two years ago, my family went to see the first Sherlock Holmes and found it to be fairly enjoyable, considering all five of us have different movie tastes.
After its success, it is only natural that the studio would want to release a sequel.
The strength of the first film was almost solely in the chemistry of that cast. The reason Rachel McAdams is nowhere to be found in the advertisements or trailers for this film is because she’s not really in it. She dies unceremoniously within the first fifteen minutes. I don’t even feel bad about revealing this spoiler because there is absolutely no suspense to her death. She is not mourned or grieved. Her presence is a tease and only serves to draw attention to the noticeable hole in chemistry that her eventual absence brings.
That hole comes in the form of Noomi Rapace, who plays the gypsy, Sim. The actress is Swedish, and some may recognize her from the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo two years ago. I hear she was wonderful in that role–it’s a shame she has nothing to work with in this one. She character has no character at all and serves no purpose that I can tell.
Perhaps to make up for the absence of McAdam’s character, the second Sherlock Holmes film is dead set on amping up the “bromance chemistry” between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as much as humanly possible. They are hilarious. There are a ton of laughing moments in this movie–in fact, that’s why I would recommend it if the family is looking for their Christmas Day picture.
But on that thread, this movie is about scenes. The scenes are funny. But there is nothing connecting them. There is no real plot. I looked up after we were over an hour into the film and realized nothing had happened yet. There are things to enjoy in this movie, but its story is not one of them.