January 06, 2012

Haiku Revieus: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol

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
Great cinematography
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?


  1. I also thought the second Sherlock Holmes was a tad lackluster, but, yeah, RDJ is so great it's hard to find fault. I had such high hopes for Noomi Rapace! And speaking of girls with dragon tattoos, I saw the new GWTDT and loved it so much. Rooney Mara was great, but I think I prefer Noomi as Lisbeth.

  2. i'm not sure if it's something i ate that day or what, but when i watched mission impossible i was swooning over tom cruise. especially that scene when he's walking out in glasses (like nerd glasses). normally i swoon over the gadgets but it i dont know what got into me!

  3. I just watched these, too!
    We LOVED Sherlock Holmes.. maybe even a little bit more than the first. I was irritated that they killed off Rachel McAdam's character, but only because she was so well-developed in the previous movie.

    I like Mission Impossible, but I liked the last one much better. I didn't think that the plot was as good this time.

  4. Megan-I need to see GWTDT. Have you seen the originals?

    Diana-Haha! I don't fault you one bit. The long hair does him good. ;)

    Liz-Oh, I loved it too, but I wasn't as ... amazed ... perhaps? I missed Irene Adler too.

  5. i saw sherlock with my husband, my brother and parents. at the end of the movie my brother says 'why have such an awesome character, like irene adler, only to kill her off to make way for some other woman who isn't nearly as developed or as awesome.... or as hot' and i thought 'oh david, you're my brother, so i won't admit that you're right'- but he was. i usually like noomi rapace but i found her kinda unnecessary. they start her off as a bad ass gypsy why is a great fighter and then... kinda nothing.
    my mom (an english major who is weirdly obsessed with all things sherlock (i just got her into the bbc series)) was really impressed by how well they followed some of the book aspects. you should check them out- they can be kinda long winded and difficult at times but always worth it.

  6. We didn't go to the theater at all, but we watched Contagion, I quite liked it

  7. Rebecca-Glad to see another who felt the same way about Noomi. And I will definitely have to check out the books.

    Jessi-Good to know! I've been debating whether to see that one. :)

  8. Nice review of the movie. Downey Jr makes a very interesting Sherlock Holmes.

    I liked the first movie. I need to check this one out.


    1. Thanks for the comment! And you should, it's terribly enjoyable. :)