Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Celebrating the Value of Intelligence

By Dan Hagen
I'd say the reviewers have it wrong on Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. Mary Maddox and I had a rollicking good time at this action-comedy. 
Robert Downey Jr. does for Sherlock Holmes what Johnny Depp did for Captain Blood. 
The best scenes are again between Holmes and Watson (as the Ambiguously Gay Duo of the 1890s) and Holmes and Moriarty (played with icy conviviality by Jared Harris — Lane Pryce of "Mad Men" — and an inspired choice). 
Nice to see at least one 21st century eye-candy film franchise that actually celebrates the value of intelligence, even if it's only comic-book super-intelligence. 
That's an increasingly rare thing, and the world is much the worse for it.

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