Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Okay, so Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows isn’t likely to win Best Picture, but I will say this about it: It’s nice to get a film about a smart person who acts, well, smart. It’s an easy thing to shorthand: you can always just say a character is smart and then not have him do anything particularly intelligent. In “Shadows”, Holmes does several things which are demonstrably clever. Not only that, the audience is left to fill in the blanks as to why what our hero has done was smart. What a luxury. Most movies these days suffer from what critic Roger Ebert calls “The Idiot Plot”. By that term, Ebert means that the story would abruptly stop if everyone in it wasn’t a complete idiot. “Shadows” has plenty of boom-boom to keep you excited, but it’s also got that almost subversive element of intelligence. In my book, that automatically marks it as a cut above.