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Nordling here.

Well, the trailer looks fun enough, but if there were any doubts about Holmes' and Watson's "friendship" before, well, this trailer suggests that they take it to an entirely new level.  Not that there's anything wrong with that.  Ahem.  Also, look at Watson rocking the blue and brown scarf.  Most guys in that time period would have never attempted that look, and Watson makes it work.  Kidding aside, I enjoyed the first one (though BBC's SHERLOCK with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman just owns these films in every conceivable way), and I'm looking forward to this - although Sherlock wearing a dress... yeah.  The online HD trailer is available at Apple here, and YouTube embed by

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS opens this Christmas.  Nordling, out.

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  • July 12, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    haven't even seen the trailer yet


    but the video still is holmes in drag. that's all i need to know. groan.

  • July 12, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Okay they put him in a dress.

    by Pixelsmack


  • July 12, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST


    by paviod

  • July 12, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Not sure about this...

    by paviod

    Trailer doesn't really do it for me.

  • July 12, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST


    by batzilla

    bring on the Batman trailer!

  • July 12, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Looks great!

    by kafka07

  • July 12, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Layne Price!

    by professorjack

    Hes going to make Sherlock cut his workstaff. and budget the office supplies. oh snap

  • July 12, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    No Stephen Fry?

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Guess I have to wait for the international trailer...

  • July 12, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Not exactly super-cerebral...

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    ...but these movies seem to be a lot of fun. Two great leads with eye-catching cinematography. What's to complain about?

  • July 12, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Downey's got his Iron Man goatee going

    by JackSlater4

  • July 12, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    What are we doing down here?

    by fustfick

    Ah, I get on "the downlow." Right. Hmm. Oh well. At least they're not overdoing the whole slow-mo action scene thing. Err....

  • July 12, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by taser88

    As in, George MacDonald? This look like a Sherlock Holmes and Flashman mashup.

  • July 12, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    Looks fun, I'm in!!

    by quicksilver80

    Now I'll leave before the hate brigade arrives, ta ta!

  • July 12, 2011, 8 p.m. CST


    by Phil Lamarre

    Bring on the second series of the BBC's Sherlock. Far more interesting.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Wow! That looks bad.

    by imagin78

    I wasn't crazy about the first one. It had all the elements. Good cast. Solid direction. Great look. Terrific Zimmer score. However, the script and villain were lacking. The most important part of a Holmes story should be a solid central mystery. Part one didn't really have it. This one looks worse.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    I say Watson, remember that time you pronounced Moriarty dead?

    by LargoJr

    Funny how you couldn't tell he hadn't been hung, or shat & pissed himself, or did any kind of autopsy. And because of it all those people died? Oh wait.. never mind, I didn't notice either and I'm supposed to be the most perceptive of individuals, with a reportedly staggering ability to notice even the tiniest of details. Funny that, when you couple it with all the deaths that occurred due purely to our vacuous ignorance and blatant unprofessionalism & raw stupidity.. Cherrio old boy.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    scorchy they call that "ramping"

    by JackSlater4

    And it's the shit.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Jared Harris is such an unexciting choice.

    by JuanSanchez

  • I DO love Downey, Jr. and Law as Holmes and Watson; I just think they need a better script and director for these films, as the best scenes in the first was when they were simply talking in a room together.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight Rises teaser is UP

    by Dr. Francis B. Gross

  • July 12, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    southtexasmoviefreak , link it, or be a piece of shit.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • July 12, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    What stereotypical evil archer said.

    by Nordling

  • July 12, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Sherlock via Michael Bay.

    by SwedishChef

    Didn't care much for the first one. The first half of the film wasn't bad but the second half devolved into mindless action. If you want to see a good take on Sherlock Holmes, watch the BCC series.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    I don't get the bashing of the first movie

    by Arteska

    Sure Doyle purists I understand. Purists for any property can't be pleased with anything but individualized mental projection but relative to most stuff the first one was smarter and more stylish than it seems to be given credit for. This trailer makes the movie look promising, though of course they couldn't help themselves and showed a good 20% more than they needed to. I hope this Costco sample approach to trailers bleeds out before I die but I won't hold my breath.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    I really liked the first one too!

    by ComSamVimes

    Just as a movie it was just good fun. As a Sherlock movie, it was still fun, and kind of expanded on the character in ways that made it even better. I mean, Grumble grumble...everything sucks...

  • July 12, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Looks Great.....

    by BlackBriar

    The First was a good flick, enjoyed it.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    No Mycroft/Fry?!?!?!? Waaaaahhhhhhhhhhh

    by moonlightdrive

    Very disappointing. I was really hoping to see what he would be like. Other than that looks like more of the same, which is good for me since I really enjoyed the first one (a nice surprise).

  • July 12, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Looks like fun

    by slone13

    I quite enjoyed the first and I don't give a fuck if you didn't.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    I rented the first movie on DVD but never bothered watching it

    by CanYouFlySucka

    Like, I rented it for a euro (not even a dollar, a fucking euro) one night when I was in the DVD store and was pressed for something to rent along with the movie I really wanted (In the Loop if I rmemeber right) to make up a special offer they had on. I literally could not be bothered to put it in the DVD player. I just don't give a fuck about these movies.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    too quick

    by Anthony Torchia

    The cuts are so quick, all I got are images, no impressions. The trailer to beat is Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the cuts are quick there too but linger long enough to have an emotional impact. And, last time I swear, I HATE CLOWNS!

  • They had to cast American actor, Robert Downey Jr as Britain's most famous detective. I like Downey but when I watched the last movie, I just felt like the Guy Ritchie was trying to turn Sherlock Holmes into a cross between Jack Sparrow and Gregory House. The trailer looks like more of the same. Kind of makes me wish they had just rebooted Young Sherlock Holmes and gone from there.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Eh, after the BBS series, this doesn't look so good anymore.

    by Playkins

  • July 12, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    er, by which I mean BBC.

    by Playkins

  • July 12, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by double_l88

    His accent is perfect, yes? Alot of Americans can not do an English accent, Paltrow for instance, but I don't know how they could have done better than Downey. The movie looks good, the first one was great. The drag thing is throwing me b/c that Jack and Jill trailer I am still tryiing to get over, one of the worst things I have seen.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    The first film was... okay. Very stupid for a supposed "Sherlock Holmes" story, but it had charm. Looks like the first one.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I think his accent is passable

    by seasider

    Most American actors who pose as Brits tend to go for a very generic BBC commentator sipping tea kind of accent. Most Brits I know don't talk like that but accents are such a minor detail these days that most moviegoers overlook it.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    His charisma on screen is hard to match

    by double_l88

    After seeing the first movie, I can not think of any English actor doing it better.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Booooring! Bring on TDKR trailer!

    by Tank Williams

  • July 12, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    What Nordling said! Wtf??

    by Tank Williams

  • July 12, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Not a big fan of Extreme Holmes

    by frank

    I didn’t hate the first movie but I would rather have had a serious attempt at a real Sherlock Holmes film. Also, Moriarty isn’t very intimidating looking here. The actor playing him will have to do a good job of adding menace and gravitas to the role.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    the BBC series "owns these films"???

    by TheSeeker7

    Don't get me wrong, I'm also a huge fan of the TV series, but there's been exactly ONE feature film to compare the series with, and merely one trailer for the second one. Not quite fair to talk about it in the plural, at least in that kind of context.

  • I like him less as Holmes than I like any other role I've seen him in

  • July 12, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by Dr. Francis B. Gross

  • July 12, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    good point, southtexasmoviefreak

    by frank

  • July 12, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    southtexasmoviefreak chose to be a piece of shit.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer


  • July 12, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    It looks like Guy Ritchie must have had a hell of a lot of fun

    by Bass Ackwards

    ...getting to play around with the bigger budget the first film earned him, this looks like it'll be, at the least, a damn fine looking film. The trailer lacks the glorious money shots of Rachel McAdams that the first film had though.

  • The first movie was lame as fucking shit. The detective work, you know, the entire core of the character, was a fucking afterthought to all the slow-mo ninja bullshit. It was boring and most offensively, STUPID! This looks even fucking worse.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of Wild Wild West

    by beetlegeuse

  • July 12, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Holmes in Drag

    by pr0g2west

    Drag as a disguise never works. Its so obvious that its a man in make-up and a dress..why even go there? Do people acually see a man in drag and think, "gee thats a real woman" No...only in the movies. Poor judgement Holmes...poor judgement. Well, at least he admits its a bad disguise in the trailer, that lends some credibility.

  • July 12, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    It'll be up tomorrow...I'm sure of it.

    by Dr. Francis B. Gross

  • July 12, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Glad to see iron man moving forward.

    by clarntoon

    I was just thinking how lucky we are that downy cleaned up his act.

  • July 12, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Is Rachel McAdams in this?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    You'd think she'd get higher billing than the Dragon Tattoo chick. Still, a fine trailer. Holmes in drag is a cheap gag, true, but Holmes was always a master of disguise, and I have to admit I chuckled.

  • July 12, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    goldentribe is still an idiot

    by Deadmouth

    *drops mike*

  • July 12, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    don't get the hate...

    by Gordon Bombay

    I understand hating on something like Transformers, even though I can personally enjoy something like that, but the first Holmes movie was wildly entertaining and this one looks to be as well.

  • July 12, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    southtexasmoviefreak, I hope all the teeth left in your southern meth-mouth fall out.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Keep drinking that Mountain Dew like its your mothers breast-milk. What's with all you southerners with Mountain Dew and trailer-park meth anyways?

  • Maybe in "Sherlock Holmes 3: Slo Mo Fight Club" he'll start using disgueses from the Pink Panther series. Maybe he'll do the hunchback one, that was my favorite. Jesus wept.

  • July 12, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    I love meth &'s the southern man's milk and cookies...

    by Dr. Francis B. Gross

  • July 12, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Sherlock Holmes and the Slow Fu Action Sequences with Shadows

    by DickBallsworth

    Hello uTorrent!

  • Tallyho, old chaps, and mind the near-constant explosions and tomfoolery! I'm not sure there was one single legitimate explosion in the entire run of Jeremy Brett's Holmes series. How stupid are people that we need constant noisy spectacle just to watch a story?

  • July 12, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    I liked the first SHERLOCK HOLMES movie

    by Continentalop

    Was one of its biggest champions here. But I got to admit, this new trailer doesn't really do much for me.

  • July 12, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    One thing though, never got people bitching about the fighting

    by Continentalop

    Not only was Holmes a fighter in the books, proficient in boxing, fencing, single stick and baritsu (either a misspelling of jujitsu or Bartitsu) but the late Victorian age and Edwardian age was a Golden Age in martial arts and combat sports. It nice to see a movie touch upon that angle for once.

  • he's even started to wear eye make-up. For Shame, Robert Downey....for shame.

  • July 12, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Great googly moogly sweet jesus in mexico

    by proevad

    this looks fucking horrible.

  • July 12, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    People aren't really bitching about the fighting

    by Bass Ackwards

    Holmes isn't portrayed in these films merely as a knowledgable experienced fighter, he's portrayed as a full out action hero, and I think that's the aspect that irks people.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    The first was no more than a TV movie

    by D o o d

    this second one should go straight to VHS!

  • July 12, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    southtexasmoviefreak , well played, the whole thing.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I shall leave this farce of yours, humbled, as I sip my Glenfiddich 21 as greedily as you drink your Dew. Here's to you old chap. Perhaps tomorrow I will witness the teaser trailer that you haven't seen which is destined to show us nothing of import.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    you guys in the south big fans of breaking bad at all?

  • July 12, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    First one was surprisingly well done

    by Rupee88

    Superb production values and good acting and serviceable script. I'm looking forward to this one a tad.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    speed-ramped action

    by agt

    However much hate this garners, I happened to think that RDJ loading a new round into the rifle being held by his opponent, seemingly flipping it out of his hands and into Watson's now prepped and ready to fire, who proceeds to take a well-aimed shot looked fucking fantastic! Many visual tricks have been misused in this and many other artistic mediums, but I don't think they should be thrown away for everyone else. For all his faults, Guy Ritchie has certainly proven himself to have a very keen and original eye for innovative action and I stand by him on that. If any of you liked the far more adventurous update of Star Trek and are now bashing Holmes for attempting nearly the same thing, shame on you! I'm not happy about a lot of things with the first film and this trailer. But Ritchie and his team put in the work and whatever happens, this looks like it will be a hell of a lot of fun to love and hate. It's a fucking movie!

  • I was expecting a buttfuck scene, or at least a short clip of them snowballing one another. Instead we see RDJ in a dress and...that's it. That's not gay, that's just lame. I don't know if Nordling is admittedly gay already but if he's straight and he watched that trailer and came back with, now I'm just paraphrasing here, "they're even faggier than before!", then I hope he'll realize someday that when you think you see gay shit where there is no gay shit, you're probably gay. I get the whole homo-subtext with Holmes and Watson, but there was nothing in this trailer that implied it or even suggested it, at least not any more so than the first. Oh yeah, the trailer. I forgot. Uhh...I don't like CGI cities.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    looks like a step back


    as if the studios told him to make it cheesier and lamer and more watered down for the mouth breathing masses. So it blends in with all the other shitty movies we're being subjected to.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Needs more slow motion...

    by SoupBack

    Otherwise, there is less slow motion.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    At Least not in 3D

    by lfhlaw

  • July 12, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    The only thing Ritchie got right...

    by WeylandYutani

    The only thing Ritchie got right is the dark, foggy, smoggy industrial Doyle-Dickens-like London of the late 1800s - a metropolis at the height of empire. BUT... they have replaced Holmes' detecting with action and fighting and speed ramping. Jeremy Brett's Holmes from the old Granada series was a far more accurate to Doyle's original vision, even if Richie does a better job showing off Holmes' boxing prowess. The fun revisionist Holmes that recently aired on the BBC even does a better job illustrating Homes' detecting abilities. These films have more in common with Michael Bay than Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    And Noomi Rapace is fiercely sexy. Hope her accent is dirty.

    by stu_pickles

  • July 13, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST


    by Frank D

    This is Sherlock Holmes in name only. Both the first film and this sequel were made for the brainless masses, those who think Transformers is quality cinema. To see Sherlock Holmes done properly, re-watch the Jeremy Brett show on DVD or any Holmes production starring Peter Cushing or the recent BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Much more entertaining and true to the spirit of Conan Doyle's immortal character.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST

    It's No Mystery

    by TinkerTIW

    If Guy Ritchie is directing, it'll suck. Sorry, but you know it's true.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Yes quite gay

    by corplhicks

    Especially the glimpse of them spooning w Downey topless. Gay

  • July 13, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Action sells


    There was enough detective work in the first one to pass it off as Sherlock Holmes. You're not going to get a huge budget Hollywood movie with big name stars and director without action in it. Especially with Pirates of the Carribean films raking in a billion dollars each.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST


    by timesfool

    How is this Sherlock Holmes? In name and setting only - otherwise, there is no resemblance. That the trailer puts so much emphasis on chaotic blow-up action suggests there isn't much to the story at all. There certainly wasn't to the first film. Only reason I'd care to see this: Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes. Now HE would have made an interesting Sherlock.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    The score

    by viks

    I'm predicting another world class score that will be tragically overlooked... Although the first one was nominated, I think it deserved the win that year. The main theme was significantly unique.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Running through the woods

    by zebra

    The whole running through the woods while trees explode bit looks an awful lot like something out of Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

  • July 13, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST

    I will use this trailer as an opportunity...

    by pleasebanme further advertise the sheer excellence of the new BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. When I first heard that a show was based on a modern-day Holmes, frankly I thought that was an idiotic idea, almost as bad as Ritchie's cynical attempt to turn him into an Indiana Jones style action hero. I was so wrong. Each of the three episodes is feature-length and supremely entertaining, and to be honest I've never enjoyed any incarnation of the character more than Cumberbatch's arrogant and borderline sociopathic take on the role. If anyone has an interest in Sherlock Holmes that has not yet seen this modern take on the character, let me add another voice to the choir and tell you that it's exceptionally well-written, tautly directed, and flawlessly acted. I cannot wait for season 2. And yes, this sequel looks even worse than the utterly mediocre original. Both Law and Downey are wasted.

  • July 13, 2011, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Sherlock - The action COMEDY - sigh :-(

    by batfunk

  • July 13, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    no Rachel McAdams no sale

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    it might say a lot that I don't remember the first one enough to remember if she died or not but I do remember she was the only reason I watched the first one...also is Guy Ritchie directing this?? wait...let me check sec...I see Guy is indeed directing this and I also see Rachel is credited...ok then carry on I'll pay for a ticket

  • July 13, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Plus Jared Harris is bad fucking ass

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    damn it...wanted to bitch but I can't

  • July 13, 2011, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Drag is funny.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Wait... no it's not. Didn't WILD WILD WEST teach us that?

  • July 13, 2011, 2:40 a.m. CST

    They should give Guy Ritchie the Green Lantern sequel.

    by Julius Dithers

    His rewrites and his kineticism would be a step in the right direction.

  • July 13, 2011, 4:30 a.m. CST

    More "Pirates of the England"

    by Sean

    Bleh, Nordling's right, Sherlock destroys this. It's an extremely intellectual and esoteric character, leave it to Brits (and I don't think Guy Ritchie counts anymore [see RocknRolla]) And does anyone else get a real "Wild Wild West" vibe from this trailer as well?

  • July 13, 2011, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Enjoyable fluff, but yeah, not a patch on Sherlock.

    by billyhitchcock1

  • July 13, 2011, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Waaa Waaaa Cryyyy Cryyy


    Boooo Hoooo Hollywood didn't make it like the books. Waaaaaaaah waaaaaaaaah they made a family film that isn't intellectually challenging. Give me a fucking break. The script for the first one was pretty smart.

  • July 13, 2011, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Not really Sherlock is it? Still fun tho :)

    by marineboy

    Can't beat the dignity and aloofness of Basil Rathbone.

  • It was alright.

  • July 13, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Thank you 300

    by Kelly Grimes

    For that shitty regular speed, slowmotion jump every action director now insists on using. If I were a fight choreographer I'd quit on the spot when I saw that. Maybe if you filmed coherently I wouldn't need every fuckin' impact slowed down for me.

  • July 13, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST

    The BBC Sherlock is true Conan Doyle, but this looks ok

    by HarryBlackPotter

  • July 13, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST

    by HarryBlackPotter

    P The first movie underwhelmed me and doesnt help that I cant stand Jude Law but this looks very watchable. But where is Stephen Fry?

  • July 13, 2011, 6:46 a.m. CST

    *cringe* Who wrote this, Russell T Davies?

    by AngelinasOilBoy

  • July 13, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    The BBC Sherlock was good on average.

    by V'Shael

    GREAT episode one. SHIT episode two. Good to great episode three, with the shittiest and stupidest ending imaginable.

  • July 13, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    This should be renamed to...

    by XxSoulFlyxX

    Sherlock Holmes:A Game of Homo's

  • July 13, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Smart action... sorry, I loved the first one.

    by impossibledreamers

    And yes, I have read the books (I own the complete set) and I've watched the BBC series (Brett is the only TRUE Holmes for me. But, these movies are fun and well-made and well-acted.

  • July 13, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Replace Downey with Depp and this could be the next POTC

    by performingmonkey

    Just like with the first movie they're selling this POTC stylie, and Richie even ripped plenty of Verbinski for his Holmes. The score would have worked as a POTC score, the performances would have sit right in that series and the colour palette was a near as damn ripoff too. Smart? You bet.

  • July 13, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Yeah, going to see this!

    by Judge Briggs

    Loved the first one and Guy Richie's work in general. It's a go when it comes out!

  • July 13, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    P.S.- I want a sequel to 'RockNRolla!!!!!'

    by Judge Briggs

  • July 13, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST


    by RocketScientist

    More stylish, yes. But more 21st century stylish, whereas most people who are into Holmes are likely to be more in favour of Victorian/Edwardian stylish.

  • July 13, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Yeah, the BBC series is getting overrated.

    by Chewtoy

    v'sheal nails it above. The first one is great, and the ending of the final episode (and the Moriarty character in general) is a train wreck. The idea that there is a mastermind behind the criminal world that is so careful that hardly anyone even knows he exists is totally destroyed by revealing him to be a flamboyant, monologuing sap who behaves as if he's unhinged and employs brute, unimaginative methods for dealing with Holmes. It was pretty obvious that they were inspired by Ledger's Joker, which is moronic because the Joker isn't a secretive character... He's a grandstanding, attention-grabbing freak. I cant even give the series that much credit for the modern day take, since "House" and Hugh Laurie already provided the blueprints for the modern day asshole/sociopathic Holmes. "Sherlock" just put it back into a detective show again. Still, there's a lot to recommend about the series... But I'd place money on the chances that this film will totally own the BBC series when it comes to Moriarty.

  • July 13, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST


    by RocketScientist

    You're quite mistaken:

  • July 13, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Looks As Bad As The First One!

    by Shannon Nutt

    I know the first one made a ton of money...but did anyone actually enjoy it? I thought it was dreadful and a real black mark on the legacy of Sherlock Holmes. I guess I don't have a problem with the movies as much as I have a problem with the fact that kids are seeing these and thinking this is how Sherlock is portrayed in the original stories. Not for me, though...I'll be skipping this sequel. Fool me once....

  • July 13, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    *but did anyone actually enjoy it? *

    by KilliK

    yes i did.generalizing much?

  • July 13, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST


    by HapaPapa72

    I agree. I'd follow her anywhere. Rooney who?

  • July 13, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Just hope the psychic is a charlatan

    by JacksParasites

    Though Conan Doyle was a believer in the supernatural, Holmes has always been a rationalist hero. So I hope they maintain the no supernatural rule of the 1st film.

  • July 13, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Another Hollywood Hack's Script

    by Jack Desmondi

    God, this is depressing. Obviously, a shitload of money has been spent yet again on actors, production design, special effects...everything but a good script. Which is the whole POINT of any movie--but particularly a Sherlock Holmes Mystery. I got suckered into the first one and was bored to tears. This looks even worse. I'll rent the Seven Percent Solution, Murder by Decree. Shit I'll even recent Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother before I see this dreck.

  • July 13, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    This is Wild Wild West 2

    by Tommy Rye

  • July 13, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Wild Wild West 2?

    by bah

    People said that about the first one before it came out. Like it or not, it wasn't that.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Where's Rachel mcAdams? WHERE'S RACHEL MCADAMS!!!!!!!!! sob...

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • July 13, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by pleasebanme

    Yes we can, and it's called BBC's Sherlock. All three episodes are on Netflix streaming. You won't be disappointed.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    If you think that is really Moriarty at the end of BBC series 1

    by proevad

    then i feel so fucking sorry for you. Idiots.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by Tommy Rye

    I aim to make it even more shitty than the first and it will still be a poor mans Wild Wild West, even though Wild WIld West was also shit.

  • July 13, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    proevad, its not the real moriarty....

    by JAMF

    you mean because the writers realised everyone hated the prick andhave decided to write him off as an imposter? yeah that sounds about right. bbc holmes is still utter shit.... and so is doctor who. just had to say it again because its true.

  • July 13, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST


    by Continentalop

    I've seen that clip before, and while I was a fan of the Jeremy Brett version, it had a trapped in amber feel. Yes, it shows Holmes fighting, but it is a dated style, based on modern preconceptions of how Victorian's fought instead of showing how vicious it could be, especially street brawls. Sherlock Holmes might have known the Marquess of Queensberry rules, but I wouldn't doubt he is also versed in bare-knuckled pugilism and London Prize Ring rules (and probably even Figg's Fighting). Richie's version might be more stylized in regards to fighting(personally, I wish it was shot a little more realistically) but I also think it is more accurate for the era. This was after all the age of "Rough & Tumble", Catch-as-catch can, mixed fights, defense dans la rue, Les Apaches, Monk Eastman, the Five Points Gang, Edward William Barton-Wright, Kano Jigoro and Jean Joseph Renaud.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Holmes in drag

    by Rathbone

    This isn't the first time Holmes has dressed up like a woman on screen. Seeing Downey in drag immediately reminded me of Eille Norwood, the great Holmes of the silent era. Norwood disguised himself as a woman in the Greek Interpreter. I couldn't find a screen capture anywhere online, so I had to go back into my personal Holmes library for corroboration. If anyone is interested in tracking it down, you can find the picture on page 46 of the Sherlock Holmes Scrapbook, edited by Peter Haining and published in 1974 by Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. Ritchie's Holmes may not be to everyone's taste, but it's hard to seriously argue that it's the worst version ever put on film. Some of my candidates...the Crucifer of Blood with Charlton Heston...Sherlock Holmes in New York with Roger Moore...a Study in Scarlet with Reginald Owen...Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking with Rupert Everett...Sherlock: a Case of Evil with James D'Arcy...ANY of the Hallmark adaptations with Matt Frewer (Max Headroom!)... All of them are terrible as Holmes adaptations. But I enjoyed them all as curiosities. Let's not be so easily offended! Or prone to hyperbole... Although, who am I to argue with someone else's honest opinion?

  • July 13, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I'd much rather watch the Benedict Cumberbatch series.

    by Royston Lodge

    Any word on a Series 2 for Sherlock?

  • July 13, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    I was hoping for the "wierd Doctor who character" Moriarty to be fake

    by David Cloverfield

    Then again a showrunner who compromises his vision of a character becouse of online bitching I can't respect that much. I think a "fans can go fuck themselves, they don't know what they want" is the healthiest approach every "professional creative" should take.

  • July 13, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    this looks friggin boring

    by BILLY

    The first was pretty boring. I don't want to say I HATED it (thought RDJ/ Jude Law were fun, the setpieces were nice)-but overall, it was fairly boring. (I went to sleep twice. NOT a good sign.Transformers 2 put me under a good 6 times, so you get the idea).I will def. be DVD-ing this. And mind you, the ONLY draw for me is Jared Harris. That man is badass.

  • July 13, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by RocketScientist

    Well, the boxing part from Bartitsu is as far as is known very much an adaptation of "scientific boxing". And while you say that fighting could be more vicious, sure - but still Victorian/Edwardian vicious and not Jackie Chan vicious, which is what a lot of the action - up to and including karate-style chops etc. So I don't think at all it is more accurate for the era - it's more in the style of a modern audience would expect in a fight scene. Plus the levers and throws of Ju-Jitsu and Judo are all good and fine when it's up close and personal, but in the Brett scene, the obviously drunk ruffian never gets close enough that Holmes would actually need to employ them. The only thing he might have added is some Savate kicks, as he didn't use a cane. But then again, he knew the guy wasn't a threat and had every intention to show him some "come il faut" fighting, rather than some back alley brawling. As for the "modern preconceptions", Brett was infamous for correcting the production team as to what Holmes would or would not do, having basically inhaled Doyle's writings. And given that we have remarks from Holmes such as "the gentleman upon whose front teeth I have barked my knuckles", and have references to him as a trained boxer, it seems that contemporary boxing range (which is quite a bit further out than modern sports boxing) is precisely as close as he lets people come when he has a choice.

  • July 13, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST



    If they made Sherlock Holmes a boring piece of shit like you wanted, there wouldn't have even been a sequel. plus madonnas gotta eat

  • July 13, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    What does this have that the BBC series doesn't?

    by awardgiver

    Victorian period. There is no replacement. Its creepy. Now if we can just trim down the 'splosions, I'll be a very happy chappy.

  • July 14, 2011, 3:36 a.m. CST

    I Enjoyed the First One

    by Todd1700

    I thought it was witty, fun and there was good chemistry between the two main characters. And for Gods fucking sake, can we have one mention of these films without having to hear about the fucking BBC series which has to be one of the most overrated tv series in the history of the fucking Earth. It's mediocre at best. I'd rather see the first of these Sherlock Holmes movies 5 times in a row than try to sit through that BBC shit again.

  • July 14, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Looks like more action than deduction

    by i_got_worms

    But then how do you put deduction in a trailer without making the film look FUCKING BORING. It's Sherlock Holmes. Let's assume there's plenty of that. Plus, it would seem, lots of things blowing up. Looks good to me.

  • July 14, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Bob Jr is great but

    by AbsoluteTruth

    I dont want Sherlock Holmes the action movie. Why is he fighting so much? For gods sake.

  • July 14, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    How guys take friendship to a whole new level...

    by v3d

    Drop off/pick up at the airport. Helping move. Loaning money.

  • July 14, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    scorchy...blame McG for the "ramping

    by Bouncy X

  • July 14, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    oops...damn enter key

    by Bouncy X

    anyway yeah, McG was the first time i saw that happen in the Charlie's Angels movies. at the time it felt like the poor man's "bullet time". but Snyder has definately used it to death so i can see why he's blamed. lol