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'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' review - A homoerotic, bullet-time cash grab

The first Sherlock Holmes film, released in 2009 (read our review), set a standard as one of the most patronizingly obvious examples of contemporary Hollywood money-grubbing. As one of Anglophila’s most transmutable literary figures, Holmes has taken many forms over many decades, so it isn’t fair for me to judge Director Guy Ritchie’s interpretation as somehow impure or blasphemous. Even so, there’s something strikingly silly about Robert Downey, Jr. in the role, especially when he spouts unnecessarily convoluted dialogue through an insufferable, pseudo-English accent. As sidekick Watson, Jude Law may not have to fake the accent, but, like Downey, he suffers from a celebrity cultivated primarily in tabloids: both men are movie-stars first, and actors second. It’s not that they can’t act, they’re simply ill-equipped to tastefully portray robust literary figures in a film that prioritizes “bullet-time” over compelling human drama.

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SHERLOCK HOLMES is ambiguously gay


And so is Watson. This dynamic duo is a lot closer than we thought. While they used to solve mysteries together and share witty lines of dialogue in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, Holmes and Watson now playfully flirt and argue about ‘couple’ issues. Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes, complete with eyeliner and the tiniest dash of Jack Sparrow, is visibly upset that Watson (Jude Law) is moving out. He makes little effort to hide his hatred of the doctor’s new fiancé or how much he cares for him. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. He’s just not the Sherlock I’m used to seeing. I was more entertained by the gay undertones in Sherlock Holmes than I was the mystery. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

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