Even though I know that scene to be in the closing act of the second Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes film, I elected to watch both of them back to back, and just wait until I got to that bit.
Here it is, at about two minutes in…
There’s better moments in the films. I’m not sure why I felt compelled to watch that one.
When I was watching them, however, I was struck by the realisation that they are actually very good films. They didn’t win anything big, I don’t think, and I’m not sure they deserved to, but they certainly deserved more praise than they got.
Instead Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films got reasonably lukewarm receptions and a general overshadowing from their modern-day BBC Benedict Cumberbatch counterparts.
So in 2011, after A Game of Shadows was released, people pretty much forgot about the films, Ritchie went on to direct two films that not many people liked and was rewarded with Disney’s live-action Aladdin. Because Hollywood hates new talent.
However, back to Sherlock Holmes, a third part was announced and due for a release around Christmas next year, but that has just been pushed back another year, for 22nd December 2021; a full ten years after A Game of Shadows.
Robert Downy Jr and Jude Law have both talked up a third film for the franchise for years now, so they’re both very likely to be involved.
On the director side, however, nothing has been confirmed, with Ritchie busy with other projects and, I don’t know, perpetuating the myth that he’s a salt of the earth fella who’s been raised by the streets, rather than an army Captain, a woman with the title “Lady” and private school.
Jude Law told Entertainment Weekly last year about the third film, saying:
“We hope to propel the story forward. As always, the essence of the story is their codependency. We’re going to examine — since it’s been several years since we’ve seen them — we’re going to play up the fact that they haven’t seen each other for a long time either.”
We’ll have to wait and see if anything actually materialises from this but since Downy Jr and Law both have MCU films coming out this year, it’s not like they’re short of work at all.
I’ll try and keep you updated…
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