SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS – 7.8, IMDB? Really? I do believe that I watched a different movie entirely. It was entertaining AND boring all at the same time, which is something of a feat. There are genuinely funny bits and some good acting, but some scenes just scream “FILLER!” as they trot on for 5 or 10 minutes to do little more than fill screen time. The fight sequences and the ‘flash forward’ problem solving sequences (that Holmes does all too frequently for my taste) are mostly empty.
The entirety of the intro with Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) is, sadly, pointless; she’s little more than a victim, and doesn’t really factor into the story at all. Madame Simza (Noomi Rapace) is hardly worth having either; she’s hardly more than a tour guide. Mary Watson (Kelly Reilly) has one good scene on the train, but outside of that, wallflower.
Stephen Fry is, altogether, the star of the film as far as I’m concerned. I believe he may be playing himself to a degree, but that’s just fine.
There is one scene where one character appears on screen, nude to slightly below the waist, from behind. It’s not Noomi, Rachel or Kelly, either, as you might expect.
THE ECHO – Spooky haunted apartment with restless vengeful spirits. North American re-make of Philippine film SIGAW, and the overall feel is somewhat like the RING and GRUDGE remakes. Good, but a bit rough around the edges.
HALLOWEEN II (1981) – This is a pretty silly, boring film. Chase Laurie around, kill random people who weren’t even violating any of the rules of the horror film genre. People just minding their own business, dead.
HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982) – How is this even a HALLOWEEN film? Okay, it happens at the end of October, but other than that, it’s more of a followup to WICKERMAN or or STEPFORD WIVES or CHILDREN OF THE CORN. It’s a non-Michael Myers film, and it really doesn’t go anywhere. Evil Irish man stealing children… They stop just short of calling him a leprechaun.
This is a peculiar film to have in the franchise, but on its own, it’s not a bad genre film. The acting is a bit wooden, and the effects not all that good, but it’s enjoyable for what it is.
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