Guy Ritchie

Two years ago, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes presented a version of the fabled detective that was more in line with anything else playing in movie theaters – that is, with more one-liners and in slow motion. But it wasn’t for everyone – seeing such a classy character get the Robert Downey Jr. treatment isn’t exactly a natural course to take.

Those who had problems with Ritchie’s take probably weren’t looking forward to the Warner Bros. sequel, A Game of Shadows, which was systematically cranked out for a release aiming to mimic the original’s successful 2009 launch on Christmas (against Avatar, no less). But it’s safe to say that if you had a problem with a smarmy Sherlock the first time around, you shouldn’t even bother showing up this time around.

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