Sherlock Holmes 2 Titled ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’

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Movie titles without numbers are all the rage these days, a sign that perhaps movie studios believe theatergoers are getting smarter.

There’s The Dark Knight Rises and now, today, we’ve got a new title for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes sequel. How do you feel about Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows?

The plot of the Sherlock Holmes sequel, or as much as we know of it, revolves around Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr.) and John Watson (Jude Law) matching wits and fists with the dastardly Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). Noomi Rapace is the new leading lady – a gypsy, of sorts, according to Rapace – though (SPOILER LINK ALERT!) there may be another leading lady on the cast list. And then there’s Stephen Fry, who’ll be playing Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s older, smarter, and lazier brother.

The title Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows doesn’t exactly blow me away with its creativity, but it’s fairly harmless; additionally, it seems to describe the battle between Sherlock Holmes and his arch-nemesis, Moriarty, as well as any title could (since the battle takes place inside the shadows… or something). Personally, I would’ve preferred a classier title more reminiscent of the old stories, but it could’ve been so much worse. Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Rising, anyone?

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Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes was a very entertaining action-adventure vehicle in line with the buddy-cop movies of yore (48 Hrs., Lethal Weapon, etc)… if such movies were period films that took place in the nineteenth century.

Hopefully, the sequel will utilize that same stylistic treatment, minus a few of the more ridiculous elements of the original (the less CGI, the better). If casting decisions are any indication, Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Harris (Mad Men) are both fantastic actors, they’re headed in the right direction.

What do you think of the title? What are you hoping to see in the film? Let us know in the comments.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hits theaters December 16th, 2011.

Source: E! Online

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  1. Sounds alright.

  2. Hmmm… Interesting title? Oh well. The first one was real good so I’m definitely gonna see this

  3. I’m in for this one! You just knew there was going to be a second one, the way the first film ended! Thank God there is no 2, but a real title, that’s class. I grew up with Sherlock[Basile Rathbone] which dates me, but Ritchie has the best depiction of the ledgenary dective I have seen to date.

  4. It doesn’t sound too bad.

  5. Any truth to the rumor that it will be in 3D?

    And I actually like the title.

  6. PLEASE DONT LET GUY RITCHIE DIRECT XERXES

  7. Actually its called ,XerXes:
    A Game With Shelock Holmes Shadow!

  8. Xerxes: A Game with Sherlock Holmes Shadow!

  9. second best film of 2009 IMO.

    Not sure about the title, its ok.

    • Completely agree. Star Trek imo was best of that year.

      • For me as well, Star Trek and Sherlock Homes, 2 films that on paper should have been colloassal faliures but in fact turned out to be absolutely brilliant. Star Trek just had the edge on Holmes that year though. Looking forward to the sequels for both.

  10. The first film was just ok as a dvd rental. I hope this is a straight to dvd film.

    • What? Why on earth would a $150 million movie do straight to dvd?

      • I think Sherlock 1 was a little overrated, and I dislike it when they plan for a sequel with a tag ending. It’s a little presumptuous on the studio’s part to just assume we’ll all love it and shower our money on it and call for more at the end… ah no.

        • They actually DON’T do that…They wait and see if the movie does well, and if it does, they film the sequel. Usually. It also doesn’t matter if people like it or not–if the film does good in the box office, that’s all corporation’s need.

  11. I was actually surprised with the first and I do like what Ritchie does with his movies, gritty and funny. I am kind of looking forward to this and I do dig RDJ as Holmes and JL as Dr. Watson.

  12. As long as they can maintain the chemistry between the leads from the first movie, I don’t really care what they call it.

  13. I’m onboard with SH2, the first was a good film and better than a lot of the past attempts. Hopefully this one will not try and be more viewer friendly and dumb down the plots.

  14. They should of just called it Sherlock Holmes 2, or Just Holmes… Oh well. Beggars cant be choosers.

  15. I like the title and it fits along with the titles of the books “A game of Shadows”, for example ” A study in Scarlett” or “Hounds of the Baskerville” etc etc etc . I did like the first one and it was an intresting portrayal of Holmes, but an enjoyable one. I look forward to A Game of Shadows.

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