‘Sherlock Holmes 2′ Trailer #2 Is A Wild Victorian Adventure

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sherlock holmes 2 trailer Sherlock Holmes 2 Trailer #2 Is A Wild Victorian Adventure

While artsier or “Oscar bait” flicks tend to flood theaters near the end of any year, there’s always room for some good cinematic roller coaster rides. December 2011 will be no different, seeing how we have two high-octane sequels due to hit the scene: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

The previously-released Game of Shadows teaser trailer went the customary route of selling the sequel as being bigger, badder, and featuring even more risque humor or quips than its popular predecessor. Now we have a full-blown preview for the Sherlock Holmes followup… and it basically takes the same approach.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle literary purists may have blanched in horror at Ritchie’s first “updated” take on Holmes, but the majority of moviegoers seem to agree: it’s an energetically-paced Victorian-era period mystery/adventure that mixed in set pieces on a par with the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. However, just like the Pirates sequels arguably crossed over from being good hammy fun to becoming a bit too bombastic in style and scope, there’s reason to be concerned that A Game of Shadows might follow a similar path.

This second trailer for Sherlock Holmes 2 is pretty rapid-fire and overblown in style (ie. lots of slow-mo action, explosions, and sly one-liners) – and that’s (naturally) also part of its appeal. It’s hard to say for certain whether or not the final product looks to go overboard, but honestly? A Game of Shadows should (hopefully) still make for enjoyably ridiculous entertainment, even if it does.

With all that said – here is an official synopsis for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows:

When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder—a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction—all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.

Now check out the new A Game of Shadows trailer below:

 

All in all, the cast of A Game of Shadows looks pretty great. Besides the still-amusing rapport between Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson, Noomi Rapace (the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) looks to be having fun as the Gypsy Sim, and Harris (Mad Men) has a fittingly quiet, yet sinister presence as the diabolical Moriarty. We also get a glimpse here at Rachel McAdams, who should do well again as the spirited Irene Adler – though, it appears that comedy great Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes is being saved for the actual movie.

A Game of Shadows was scripted by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Paper Man) and they appear to have crafted a fairly engaging plot that is (appropriately) darker and more expansive than that in the first Sherlock Holmes. Ritchie’s directing style looks to be identical to that in the first film - so those who were bothered by it before probably won’t like it here, either. Fortunately, for the sequel, the masses (us included) don’t fall into that category.

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will arrive in U.S. theaters on December 16th, 2011.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. “… becoming a bit too bombastic in style and scope”

    There is no such thing.

  2. AAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! i cant wait!!!

  3. This trailer is so much better than the first It’s even more action pact than the first I am really big fan of RDJ I like all of his movies SH1 is my favorite 2009 movie! Will see it for sure!

  4. This is one series I wish was directed by someone else.
    Guy Ritchie makes his presence felt with his “style”
    and I am among those who just find it annoying.

    This does have a stellar cast and like the last
    time they should forgive Guy Richie’s sins.

    Jared Harris has been flying under the radar
    for far too long and is a brilliant choice for
    Moriarty and he will rule as the Professor.

  5. Is there supposed to be a 3rd one or is this it?

    I LOVED the first one. one of my favorite movies.

  6. I thoroughly enjoyed the first movie and this one also seems quite promising. Unfortunately however, RDJ in my mind could never be Sherlock Holmes. He doesn’t look like the English gentleman- let alone Victorian- with his characteristically shaggy, unshaven look. He still looks and acts like the uncollected Tony Stark to me and not Holmes. Watson even sounds more collected.

    Ah well, I’ll just enjoy the movie and consider this a refreshing take on Sherlock until the real mccoy comes around to typify the character.

    • Have you read the books? Sherlock Holmes is EXACTLY like RDJ. He’s eccentric, compulsive, and really doesn’t seem to care about what people think of him.

    • @ Claude how can you say that RDJ is the best man to portray SH no one is better and he is exactly like this on the book I have read so far.

      • Have you seen the BBC production Sherlock? Its quite amazing and Benedict Cumberbatch is an incredible sherlock.

        • But it was nothing like the books…
          The series was good, but if the series had another name, I would never have guessed it was supposed to be about a modern Holmes.

          Furthermore, I wouldn’t say RDJ is the “PREFECT” guy to play Holmes, but he damn sure did a FANTASTIC job in the movie.

  7. That was excellent! :)

  8. Idk if it is because of my type of Android phone, but I haven’t been able to view a trailer on this site in a while. There is always just a picture where the video should be and nothing happens when I click on it…

    • DHL,

      I don’t know about Android, but I can view trailers on my iPhone.

      Vic

      • It’s working fine on Android. Try Dolphin HD browser, or even the stock.

        Preview ads are a bit much though!

  9. This is without a doubt one of the most anticipated movie of the year for me.
    BUT, I’m not too keen on all this action… the first one was just right, it had everything a movie could and should have, but this time (from the trailer footage), it just seems a little TOO MUCH.

    I’ve always thought of Holmes as an action hero: in fact, the first SH book I read involved Holmes chasing after an assassin on rooftops! — He isn’t the type of guy who sits on his chair, smoking a pipe all day — most of the books are from Watson’s perspective, so when Holmes disappears for the day to gather evidence (which is usually the case in most of the books), we have no idea what Holmes is getting up too!

    Anyway, I doubt it’s going to be as good as the first one (most sequels aren’t), but I still have high hopes that SH2 will be one of the best movies of 2011.

  10. Stoked to see Irene Adler back. She was a great character… and I LOVED her outfits!

  11. ahhh this looks good! I love these films, they capture Sherlock nicely! its nice to see Sherlock and Watson on a more global adventure as well! should be very exciting!

  12. Much, much, much, MUCH, better then the first trailer.

  13. Ha ha the trailer was very cool.

    I’ve got a question for those in the know. As an American RDJ’s old English accent sounds authentic to me – but is it really that good?

  14. JediGuy1138, you are right in a way. RDJ does match the guy in the books somewhat coming to think of it. Maybe I’ve been influenced by the Christopher Plummer version LOL. It’s just that I can’t see much of a difference between RDJ as Holmes and RDJ as Stark- same fast-talking, almost murmuring, and somewhat uncoordinated manner of speaking. An interesting take no doubt but I’m not sure Holmes’ character was that cuckoo. The books don’t quite imply that his bohemian nature extends to that level. Like I said though, it’s an interesting take.

  15. yeah irene adler is very cool but not seeing rachel mcadams’ name as part of the cast means she won’t be a main character.. we’ll maybe even witness her death! please no

  16. When I read the novels, Holmes always struck me as someone who could be a brilliant, analytical intellectual type, yet, when necessary, he could also open up a can of serious “whoop ass”. RDJ is a good fit for the character since he brings his own personal eccentricities and adds them to the ones that Holmes already has, which adds a new dimension to the established character. RDJ’s Holmes doesn’t come off as being Tony Stark with a British accent, imo.

    So, this looks intriguing, to say the very least.

  17. Can..NOT…WAIT!!

  18. Thouroghly enjoyed the first film, and I have since purchased the entire series of novels and short stories from Barnes & Noble Classics. These films are far more truer to the source material than any other film. I noticed McAdam’s name in the credits at the end of the trailer, given, she’s the last one mentioned, but at least it’s official.

  19. Fun fun fun! Yes, anticipating this one very much.

  20. Epic

  21. looks pretty good to me, I can’t wait :)

  22. Moriarty is the to Sherlocke what Lex Luthor is to Superman….Previews look good……

  23. Be ready for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows movie. This based on adventure and full of action life of Sherlock Holmes
    Watch Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Movie

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