Just how many colons can I fit in one subject line?
Over the holidays, Colt and I went to two movies we'd been looking forward to for a while. POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD, ye been warned.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (****)
Sherlock is a kook
Where'd your limp go, John?
I might not have loved this sequel as much as I love the original, but only by a small amount, and that's only because the first was so new and unique. A Game of Shadows doesn't lose any of the awesome RDJ/Jude Law/Guy Richie flavor that really makes these movies great. Stephen Fry, as Sherlock's brother Mycroft, and Jared Harris, as Moriarty, were great additions to the cast. Noomi Rapace's Simza was kind of a meh character for me, but the girl definitely has great (gypsy) style.
I've not read much (Any? That needs to be rectified, for sure.) of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories, but I do know some about the canon. I appreciate how Richie works with some of Doyle's ideas in these films, particularly a part—and I'm being intentionally vague here—at the very end of this movie.
Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol (***1/2)
Gadgets and action
Tom Cruise in acid-washed jeans
Pegg makes things better
When we left the theater after this movie, I felt like I'd just watched an unintentional (?) reboot. I've enjoyed the three previous incarnations of Mission: Impossible, and surely enjoyed this one too, but the introduction of this new team (although Simon Pegg's Benji was in the third film) felt like a way of starting the franchise anew without making it totally overt.
The gadgets, as always, were neat, if a little glitchy. Tom Cruise can still pull off "action hero," although he's starting to show his age. He's got sort of an old-man-who's-still-fit physique happening (if that makes any sense at all). Simon Pegg can really do no wrong. And Jeremy Renner's just going to be everywhere now, isn't he? Once again, the female "lead" in the film left a little to be desired—no offense to Paula Patton—but I wasn't really expecting to find a strong female character in an M:I film.
Did you see any movies over the holidays?