‘Sherlock Holmes 2′ Trailer Is Bigger, Louder, & Has More Drag

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Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows teaser trailer Sherlock Holmes 2 Trailer Is Bigger, Louder, & Has More Drag

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law will be back for another Victorian romp in this winter’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the sequel to Guy Ritchie’s “updated” take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous creations: the brilliant-but-incorrigible detective Holmes (Downey Jr.) and his ever-loyal comrade, Dr. Watson (Law).

An official teaser trailer has been unveiled for the followup to Sherlock Holmes, which hit it big at the box office and, in general, entertained moviegoers of all shades back in 2009. Thus we have the inevitable question: Can Ritchie and Co. catch lightning in a bottle a second time?

A Game of Shadows certainly has the potential to be an improvement on its predecessor, seeing as that it pits Holmes against his most infamous opponent: the malevolent Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). Heck, the first Sherlock Holmes was partly just an extended prologue for their inevitable confrontation!

Harris certainly looks the part of a diabolical madman, as does Girl With the Dragon Tattoo actress Noomi Rapace as the film’s new female lead, the gypsy Sim. Between them, Downey Jr. reprising his charismatic turn as the brilliant crime solver in tweed, and Law returning as the prim physician who’s willing to kick ass when necessary, A Game of Shadows has a great main cast. But does everything else appear up to snuff?

Find out by watching the Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows teaser trailer (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:


Going off this footage, theĀ Sherlock Holmes sequel combines the same elements (sinister mystery plot, hyper-kinetic set pieces, and clever repartee between Holmes and Watson) from the first film, in the hopes of delivering another fun and fast-paced thrill ride. So not only will A Game of Shadows seemingly up the ante, with respect to everything its predecessor had to offer, this time all the action will unfold on a bigger stage. Quite literally, in fact, seeing as that (according to the official synopsis) Holmes and Co. eventually track Moriarty “from England to France to Germany and finally to Switzerland.”

Bigger and louder is almost always the route follow-ups to tentpole pics go, with the Pirates of the Caribbean movies being an obvious example. However, as is especially true for the second and third entries in the Pirates franchise, those sequels sometimes end up either rehashing or literally recycling jokes and action spectacles from the original.

Besides the “Get that out of my face!” exchange, though, there’s thankfully not much winking or nodding back to the first Sherlock Holmes in this Game of Shadows trailer. The sequel looks to deliver goofy, but (for most people) still entertaining, slowmo action, shootouts, and over-the-top stunts similar to those in the original. Plus, Harris and Rapace (and the sadly-yet-to-be-revealedĀ Stephen Fry as the brilliant-but-lazy Mycroft Holmes) look to be fun additions to the party as well.

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One thing that should be clear by now, though (if it wasn’t obvious before): If you considered the mashup of period adventure elements with mindless action and stuff going boom in Ritchie’s first Sherlock Holmes to be dumb at best, literary blasphemy at worst… well, A Game of Shadows isn’t going to be your thing either. Everyone else can start looking forward to watching Downey Jr. as Holmes, running around in drag or trading barbs with just about everyone that crosses his path.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is scheduled to reach U.S. theaters on December 16th, 2011.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. From what I seen in the trailer..its going to have fans complaining about the sequel or praising it. I for one am excited about the sequel cannot wait for it to come out. I am guessing Rachael McAdams is going to have a cameo only maybe in flashbacks or she is the supposed person suppose to die in the movies intro.

  2. I like it!!!! :)

  3. I can bet money that on the premiere of ” a game of shadows” they will have a teaser trailer for the avengers!!!! You can tell from Robert Downey’s haircut at the introduction, he was on the set for avengers!!

  4. Either they stole the title or Cashing on “Game of thrones” Fans.

    • Sorry mate but if you’ve ever actually seen the first movie, the title of the second movie refers back to the fact that Moriarty stayed in the shadows the whole time. He spoke from the shadows, gave orders from the shadows and even killed from the shadows. So NO, it has nothing to do with Game of thrones.

  5. The first movie was surprisingly close to the feel of the original stories, updated for today. I didn’t think that was possible. It helped tremendously that Mr. Downey gave such a homage to Jeremy Brett, and yet surpassed it. Yeah, these are action flicks, too. That facet of the first film was good, too. I wonder if they can do it again.

  6. I am expecting the first Avenger teaser to be shown with Captain America! This movie looks brilliant and fun!

  7. Oh no! There’s slow motion! Zack Snyder haters beware!

    Anyway, This looks awesome. I’m so happy they redid the “get that out of my face” line

  8. Tony Curtis in drag from Some Like I t Hot! Way to go RDJ!

    • And Jude Law is starting to look like Jack Lemon! Yet in all seriousness this looks like a great Christmas time movie! A must theater see!

  9. It gets my money for sure.

  10. this looks awesome! cannot wait for this.

  11. There is no question in my mind that this film will rock. However the trailer has no mystery. It’s just one action sequence after another. Just makes this appear like any other action flick, when we know it is so much more.

  12. This film has my support! Mr. Downey as the Great Detective was a brilliant choice from the begining. I have been a fan of Sherlock Holmes since I was a boy. I have read all of the original work written by Arthur Conan Doyle, read works on Holmes by other authors, seen all the old films, and watched and rewatched the Jeremy Brett tv series. These films (and I say films since it will now be two) are going on my shelf of Holmes items. But I have read the basic synopsis and I wonder, since the film appears to take Holmes and Watson all the way to Switzerland, could this film actually be a thin veil for Guy Ritchie’s telling of one Holmes most celebrated cases, “The Final Problem”, at the end of the film, then can we expect Holmes and Moriarty to grapple above Reichenbach Falls and if commentors here know their Holmes literature, Holmes will in fact apparently die alongside the Professor?

    Now I know it is a longshot, and I am probably going to get a lot of hate for going this far out on a limb with only this trailer, a synopsis and two posters out there, but a fellow can’t help but wonder.

    • They couldn’t kill Holmes off, they have to leave the possibility open for future sequels. Though I can’t deny I’m wondering about the same thing as you are. We’ll see when it comes out.

    • I’d be surprised if they didn’t go in this direction. Seemingly kill Holmes off, in accord with the story, to play off audience knowledge of the literature… and then immediately have Watson revive him. Sort of a Lethal Weapon 2 ending, if you catch my drift.

  13. I also am excited, however I do hope they keep more of the suspense /detective /how-did-he-do-that elements to keep me guessing like the first one.

  14. Looks good to me

  15. Wow. This or MI:4… thats gonna be a hard choice. However i think Sherlock will get my money opening weekend.

  16. wow this movie is going to be great, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are great actors and very good chemistry, one of the best I’ve seen, and I think it will make it larger than the first, guy ritchie is a great director,I do not lose it

  17. Looks great, the first film was brilliant, this was always the film I was looking forward to the most this year.

  18. I’m going to make this clear, I enjoyed the first film and look forward to this one. That being said, I did not like this teaser. While it is better than some epic music and the title of the film bring shown and nothing more, there was too much happening too quickly. I had to watch the trailer about 5 times to really be able to process what was going on. I look forward to future trailers so I can really get to see what is going on.

  19. Great trailer. This film appears to have the same tone and pace as the first Sherlock film, only ramped up a bit.

    I wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of the first film but, having always enjoyed Guy Ritchie’s work I gave it a shot (thank goodness). I enjoyed it quite a bit and have been eagerly awaiting this second installment.

    I don’t think there’s any doubt now that RDJ has surpassed Tom Cruise as a leading man (which no one would have guessed ten years ago). Given that and the success of the first Sherlock Holmes film, I have no doubt that M:I Ghost Protocol (which comes out the same weekend) will be soundly trounced at the box office.

    I liked the last M:I film but a choice between SH and M:I is really no choice at all. I’ll probably check out Ghost Protocol eventually, but I will absolutely be in line to watch SH its opening week.

  20. I’m really not impressed with this teaser, tooo much slow-mo action for me.

    I’ll still see it though, the second trailer will just have to be better.

    And what is up with the whole MI 4 vs. SH 2? Doesn’t anyone do a double feature anymore? That’s what I usually do when 2 films that I want to seee come around the same time. To be fair though since its Brad Bird Ghost Protocol is winning for me.

    • I might’ve done a double feature when the prices were cheaper… but im not willing to pay 20+ bucks for a double feature. Sounds like fun though

  21. Looks like it’s going to be a great movie.

  22. This Movie makes DECEMBER this year feel like SUMMER, PT 2.

    Guy Ritchie has done for SHERLOCK HOLMES in this generation what Christopher Nolan has for The Dark Knight.

  23. I’m in!

  24. looking forward to this one, somehow i didnt liked the trailer and rdj disguise..waitin for more trailers

    big fan of both rdj and ritchie, will watch it for sure..

  25. Trailer looks A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

    I just think that there’s a little too much action and guns for this type of film, but what the heck! It’s gonna be awesome :)

  26. I totally agree with BlueCollarCritic! These two movies will rejuvinate interest in the Great Detective a thousand fold, not that he really needed it. Sherlock Holmes has been delighting readers young and old alike for the last 124 years, which is nearly three centuries. Holmes has been has been portrayed countless times in film, television, on the radio and theatrical stage, and even in comic books and through the works of other authors. And now these two films will give another huge jumpstart, plus the Sherlock tv series on the BBC. I have been reading Holmes and Watson’s adventures over and over again since I was 8 years old (first one I ever read was The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle), and these stories never cease to keep being amazing. Sir Doyle wrote with a certain style and flair that really brought the character of Holmes to life. I encourage all who freqeunt this website and have been keeping up with the news on the new movie, but have never read one of the original Holmes stories, to do so!! There are only 56 short stories and 4 novels, enough to keep anyone busy. And of course, be sure to read “The Final Problem” which is the story that introduced Professor Moriarty, and chronicled Holmes encounter with the self-proclaimed “Napolean of Crime”. Only four more months to go till the premier!!