Robert Downey Jr. recaps his leading role in 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,' the franchises second installment.
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Watching Robert Downey Jr. recap his leading role in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” I had a sinking feeling. One of our finest actors is lucratively entombed in not one but two blockbuster franchises, the other being “Iron Man.” Neither does much to show off his immense gifts.
I’m not a fan of this franchise, now in its second installment and counting. Turning Holmes into a mixed martial artist with a penchant for dressing up in drag is carrying revisionism too far. Why even bother to call Downey’s character Sherlock Holmes at all? Probably the vast audience for these films has never read a "Sherlock Holmes" story anyway. If anything, “Game of Shadows,” even more so than 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes,” resembles nothing so much as a Victorian spinoff of “The Wild Wild West” TV series (which franchise producer Joel Silver turned into a dreadful 1999 feature film).
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