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Having just finished my first semester of my master's I thought to treat myself to a movie tonight. Thanks to the fact that earlier this week The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo had a London première where Rooney Mara wore one of her various seasonally inappropriate cut-out dresses, I thought that that film was out already. Not so. So I went to see Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows instead.

(Sidebar: I kind of want to see Mission: Impossible: Ghost: Protocol for Jeremy Renner being a badass in a suit? And also Simon Pegg being funny? And the movie as whole looks kind of fun? Even though it has Crazy Pants Cruise? HELP?!)

- Sadly, considering that this was supposed to be a treat, I didn't really enjoy this film. I thought the script was messy.

- And while I enjoyed Robert Downey Jr. in the first film with only a few reservations, in this one, coming after Benedict Cumberbatch's interpretation, he really felt unHolmesish. Something about his characterisation and/or performance is just a few degrees off. The acting is still good but I feel like Holmes needs to be more introverted and aloof, and less charming. Everything about the role needs more restraint.

- But I do really, really like Jude Law in this. His Watson is pretty great.

- The few scenes that Kelly Reilly got to show up as Mary were also good. The Watsons were really cute together before they got pushed apart.

- Can't believe they killed Irene Adler, although I suppose there is a slim chance she could come back. Her relationship with Holmes was even more awkward.

- Noomi Rapace didn't impress as Sim the gypsy, but I think that was more a fault of the writing. Like, I wouldn't actually know how to describe her character except as...good at running?

- I don't think that Stephen Fry and RDJ really worked as siblings and they didn't give Mycroft anything terribly interesting or badass to do which was disappointing.

- The film was, for the most part, really well shot.

- But yes, overall I am whelmed.
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