When the first Sherlock Holmes movie came out Somebodyisfromhere.com wrote a thorough, well thought out article that was half movie review and half travel piece. For the second movie, Somebodyisfromhere.com will quickly churn something out, stick to formula, and probably meander from point to point with out much use of segues.
Sequels are always disappointing.
While Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was somewhat redeemed by the villains, Somebodyisfromhere.com focused on a good guy in New Jersey.
The first movie was entertaining for a variety of reasons. Chemistry and freshness come to mind. The heroes return in Rachel McAdams, Jude Law, and Robert Downey jr. They seemed to enjoy playing the roles without a safety net in the first go ’round and it looks like they decided to see if they could take it higher resulting in zany somewhat unrelatable performances.
They are joined by Noomi Rapace (The Swedish Lisbeth Salander) who plays a gypsy.
However, the people most enjoyable to watch are villains. Holmes’ main foil Moriarty is played knowingly by Jared Harris. Moriarty is a brilliant professor who is hellbent on creating a world war simply so he could profit from it.
Harris is able to make Moriarty seem smart enough that he always appears a couple steps ahead yet trashy enough that you don’t think he would shy away from a tussle.
His henchmen was played by Paul Anderson a character that is effective because he barely talks and is supposed to be one of the finest snipers in Europe. New Yorkers might find him more intimidating because he also happens to looks like Cliff Lee.
However on the other side of the pond Somebodyisfromhere.com checked out the stomping grounds of America’s Sherlock Holmes. Somebodyisfromhere.com found this website that sumsup the man better than he could:
For 40 years, Ellis Parker, the Chief of Detectives of Burlington County New Jersey, was considered by many to be America`s greatest detective. Using his deductive abilities and his knowledge of psychology, this folksy and somewhat rumpled figure solved cases that had baffled others. His cases read like fiction; a case involving over a hundred suspects, a case where he actually predicted where the criminals would appear next, and a murder he solved by deducing why the killers were not wearing overcoats. Then he became involved in investigating the biggest crime of his career: the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby in 1932. From that moment, things began to go wrong, and his role has remained shrouded in controversy and confusion ever since.
The Burlington County Prison Museum sits in Mount Holly. Mount Holly is in the somewhat northern section of South Jersey.
Outside, to greet Somebodyisfromhere.com, was an ice sculpture.
The structure is just 2 stories high with a functioning basement. The place has been mostly painted over, though, in many of the cells some graffiti has been saved to give a better picture of what the prisoners did with their free time. One such sketching contains the word “God” written real big next to a drawing of a face (God).
On the first floor is a biography of Ellis and his remarkable clearance rate. He helped investigate the Lindbergh death. This case was such a big deal that one would think it would have served as Ellis’ legacy however it ended up hastening his demise. Ellis died in jail.
The simpleness of the American Sherlock Holmes’ prison is in direct contrast to the complexities of Guy Ritchie interpretation.
The movie isn’t necessarily hard to figure out, but it does feel overly complex. It’s 129 minutes and it feels like every second of it. An example of elaborateness: why make a movie about a character so abundantly associated with London and make it take place in (sorta) far off places like Paris and Switzerland?
In New Jersey Somebodyisfromhere.com learned less is more. With Sherlock Holmes, Somebodyisfromhere.com learned more is too much.