Friday, December 30, 2011
Sherlock Holmes 2: Funny, Fast-Paced and Violent
It wasn't easy coming up with a movie we four could see together. The 15-year-old, who is reading Steig Larsson's crime trilogy, was/is keen on seeing "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." It's rated R and that son said it was not appropriate for our 12-year-old son, who was begging to go to "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin." My husband and the 15 year old weren't so interested. My suggestion of seeing "Alvin and the Chipmunks Movie: Chipwrecked" was met with laughter from the three guys. ("Come on, it is showing at the Dunellen Theater and Cinema Cafe. It's a restored movie house from the 1920s. Wouldn't it be cool to go there?")
Sherlock Holmes 2 is rated PG-13 and in addition to being funny, action packed and mostly free of sexual innuendos, it is plenty violent. While our sons are not bothered by shoot-em-up scenes, poisoned heroines or multiple explosions, I ended up covering my eyes for a few of them. (Is this a girl thing?) The plot is a classic showdown of good vs. evil and, being a Hollywood movie, you can guess at the ending.
This movie offers up beautiful costumes, a fast-paced plot, unexpected moments of humor, gorgeous vistas and cool "bullet time" shooting. For me, another pleasure of the film is its star, Robert Downey Jr. I am a huge fan of Robert Downey Jr., the person as well as the actor. Here is a man who has fought against his own demons and triumphed.
Audiences are incredibly blessed Downey is still alive and working as an actor. He struggled mightily and publicly with drug addition and spent time in prison. Sober since 2003, Downey's talents are on full display here. Downey IS Sherlock Holmes, as much as he IS Ironman in that series.
While this movie is not "family friendly" in the traditional sense (i.e. Chipwrecked) it was an excellent match for our family of four with two adolescent boys. We laughed out loud, we were surprised by the plot twists, and we left the theater full of happy conversation.