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Sherlock Holmes has returned along with his right hand man Dr. Watson. Together they must stop a plan being put in place by Professor Moriarty, to make Europe dive into warfare. Now the first film was personally for me a classic in many ways. The plot flowed and the action was really solid. This film really picks up from the last one left off. Holmes is jealous of the marriage that Watson is about to have. Not much the fact he’s getting married, but that his best friend is moving on. Holmes himself is connecting the dots to several murders and bombings that are leading Europe towards the wars of all wars.

Robert Downey Jr. I like as Holmes here again, a solid balance of crazy and genius and his accent is pretty solid. Jude Law really works as Watson. His balance with Downey’s over the top performance helps the movie flow. He is charming without even trying, yet you believe he is a brute who can beat down anyone in his path. The stand out performance though comes from Jared Harris, his Moriarty is very dangerous and is constantly ahead of Holmes. One moment where he has Holmes trapped actually becomes rather disturbing in how evil Harris comes off. Moriarty pushes the franchise higher as his plan essentially seems unstoppable. Sadly though Noomi Rapace, from the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo plays a gypsy wrapped up in the plot. She somehow comes off very cold here and doesn’t seem to be living it up with the rest of the cast. She’s great in the action sequences though and I blame her coldness on the script, which kind of show horned her in.

Guy Ritchie really nails it again, the movie simply comes off as a good natured action film. I love a film that has well shot hand combat scenes, since it’s very rare these days. There are many moments in the film though where I wish the slow-mo might be taken down a notch. That is a minor complaint. I’ve seen some people complaining the plot is hard to follow, for me it’s the exact opposite, Moriarty’s plan seems realistic in many places and once Holmes connects the dots, I never found myself lost or confused.

I really hope this film expands into a third film, I really enjoy the actors and the characters they have created. Moriarty is a great villain and hopefully the story can continue. Guy Ritchie I think has created a fantastic action franchise that should at least go for one more round.

Rating: 8/10

Movie Review: Hugo

Every once and a while there comes a movie so stunning in its visuals that it makes you understand why movie theaters exist. The film is basic in plot, frankly we’ve seen stories like this before. Yet the look of the film, the feel, it’s so stunning that you can’t help but feel like you’ve seen a piece of art once you’ve left the theater. The movie follows Hugo(Asa Butterfield) a young orphan living in a train station in Paris. His father(Jude Law) was a brilliant creator that died in a museum fire. Hugo using what he learned from his father helps the clocks in the station run, while he tries to build a small mechanical person his father left behind. From there he gains relationships that leads to a beautiful love letter to early films from the 1900’s like Un Voyage A La Lune.

This film is a family friendly film, though it’s pacing is very adult. The pacing is an issue frankly is half way through the film slows down epically. This is a minor issue though in a very beautiful film. Many are most likely used to Martin Scorsese making violent crime drama’s. This film is far from those. Every scene seems perfect, it’s hard to describe. The film has many minor characters in it and their plot lines are basic and pointless but they are so small it’s hard to be annoyed by this.

The 3D is very special here, my stance on the technology is nothing more than a shrug. Most of the studios using don’t seem to understand it. When on saw Avatar on the big screen it blew me away, it was magical. Since then it’s been let down after badly made let down. Here the 3D works with the world Scorsese created, it’s frankly worth the extra charge at the box office.

The other stand out to this film are the child actors in it, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz are stunning. Usually younger actors hold a film down or slow scenes down. Here they make the movie come to life. Now sure Jude Law is good in the small scenes he’s in. Ben Kingsley is impressive here as well but these younger actors really helped me through the film. The plot is frankly basic, there are no real big moments in the movie either. Their performances helped through all of that. They didn’t need to story to cover up for them. The acting stands alone which is very impressive.

If you love movies this is really a must see. The 3D is magical. The film itself is a very family friendly film. Be aware that besides a couple cute scenes with dogs the movie doesn’t dumb things down. No fart jokes or nonsense, the movie is very classy but it’s still totally worth taking your kids. Think of it this way, a decade from now they’ll look back at this movie and say “Why don’t they make movies like that anymore?”.

Rating: 8/10

Movie Review: Contagion

I’m a little behind in this movie but I’ve decided to review it anyway. The plot is decently simple, we follow the progress of a deadly virus that wrecks havoc across the world. We follow interlocking stories of a father played by Matt Damon trying to simply protect the rest of his family that has survived the virus. Also a blogger played by Jude Law who basically shows us that when it comes to viruses, people dying, there are people out there who profit from it. The cast is large and filled with good characters, which is essentially the films biggest flaw.

The concept and direction of this film is frankly scary. Director Steven Soderbergh does a beautiful job here. The film just feels so real. He makes sure to focus on door knobs, people touching their faces. If you don’t feel nervous after watching this film then you must wash your hands a lot. The film also gives you a huge dose of reality in what humans will do when their life is on the line. We see rioting and people robbing and hurting each other. The government is either too worried about keeping companies happy and fighting through red tape to actually make things happen quickly. So once the film is done you’ll find yourself praying nothing ever like this happens anytime soon because you won’t have faith that people will help you.

The acting in this film is frankly amazing. Matt Damon has a thankless job as his character is mainly grieving and protecting his daughter. Yet every scene he is in he hits it home. Laurence Fishburne also get his best role in a long time as a compassionate head of the CDC. His love for the people in his life and those around him could lead to his down fall when the government decides he is the fall guy for everything that goes wrong. The problem this film has is it just has too much good stuff going on. Marion Cotillard gets a very meaty role, a French woman working for the World Health Organization who gets kidnapped in China, yet she likes the people who have taken her and sympathizes with them, since they want to trade her for medicine. Yet her character barely gets screen time. We also never get closure. My problem with the film is that really we follow the virus, it gets a full arch all the way to the end. Yet are human characters have either half endings or their story seems like they could continue.

Over all the film is amazing, and very eye opening. It’s the most realistic film about a man killing virus. No Hollywood nonsense here, just talented actors going through a world wide story about how humanity can easily be challenged by a virus that is created by are need to have as much food as possible. Even with it’s flaws the film is important and really should be seen by everyone. Just remember to wash your hands.

Rating: 7.5/10