When you think of Sherlock Holmes, you probably imagine him in his study at 221B Baker Street in Londontown, but that's the old Holmes. Robert Downey, Jr.'s take on the famous detective, the news Holmes, is a world-traveling, smart ass with a quick whit and a mean right hook.
In this exclusive featurette from the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Downey's second film as Holmes, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," the actor chronicles just where the story takes his character this time around.
"The story starts in London. It goes basically though the countryside very fast and to the coast, hops across the channel, winds us down to Paris, then from Paris to Germany, and Germany to Switzerland," Downey says in his typical matter-of-fact way.
"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" is out on DVD and Blu-ray today!
This week brings the long-awaited release of the Criterion Collection's reissue of the classic "Harold and Maude." Also out this week, there's last year's follow-up to Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes," the Neveldine and Taylor-ification of "Ghost Rider," and a new DC Comic Premiere Movie.
Check it all out on this week's Video Score!
Pick of the Week
"Harold and Maude" (1971)
Director: Hal Ashby
Cast: Ruth Gordon
, Bud Cort
, Vivian Pickles
A young man with a death wish and a 79-year-old high on life find love in Hal Ashby's cult black comedy. This cinema classic gets the full Criterion treatment in this new Blu-ray release.
By and large, the “Sherlock Holmes" movies are a more-or-less faithful adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sharp-eyed sleuth, albeit with some slo-mo bareknuckle boxing thrown in for good measure. There’s Holmes, cracking wise; there’s Watson, looking perturbed. What more do you need? As you can see in this newly released clip, not much.
Watch an exclusive "Sherlock Holmes" clip!
But there’s more to take from Doyle’s original stories than a character sketch and a setting. Doyle’s tales were filled with twists, turns, and unique plots built up and concluded in a handful of pages. No one’s saying the movie studios need to adapt these stories exactly; they’re firmly rooted in the societal attitudes of the time, and would come off a little stilted. Still, there’s plenty of concepts and wrinkles to lift for any future “Sherlock Holmes" movies. Below, here’s five stories we think would do the trick.
We've been having fun trying to dissect everything that's been teased or featured in the "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" promotional campaign, without getting too detailed or spoilery of course. From the look of things, it's clear that there is a lot going on with new characters and supervillains and such. Director Guy Ritchie told us that this movie is like the first one but on steroids, for example, and while one of those obviously amped up elements are the action sequences, there also seems to be a lot of Holmes dressing up and down in a variety of disguises.
When MTV News caught up with Robert Downey Jr. recently we asked him what he enjoyed most about all the costume changes and the pros and cons of men dressing in drag.
There are many reasons to love and appreciate composer Hans Zimmer and not just for film score nerds like us. The most recent being the fact that while doing research for music to incorporate into the "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" score, he was exposed to the human rights abuses and infringements being inflicted upon the Roma people, a minority population (also known as gypsies) in Central and Eastern Europe.
For those who know anything about "Game of Shadows," you might recall that new addition Noomi Rapace's character is described as a gypsy. Zimmer recently told MTV News that he wanted the music for Rapace's character and a few other assorted scenes to be authentic so in an effort to understand the culture of the Roma people better he pitched a "road trip" to director Guy Ritchie and brought along his daughter Zoe Zimmer who is a fashion photographer. Their experience led to a moving collection of photos taken by Zoe and put on display in a "Deserve Dignity" photo exhibit celebrating International Human Rights Day.
MTV News caught up with Zimmer recently to get his take on the experience and bringing attention to a group of people who are being denied equal rights as citizens.
We'd say Sherlock Holmes has gotten himself into a rather surprising situation in MTV News' exclusive "Game of Shadows" clip, but then we'd be kidding ourselves: knowing what we do of Robert Downey Jr.'s brillz detective, there's nothing all that shocking about seeing Holmes, in drag yet shirtless, crawling along the outside of a speeding, occasionally exploding train as his pal, John Watson, complains that this is no way to spend a honeymoon.
And that's the big takeaway not only from this new footage, but from the sequel itself (which we managed to catch last week): director Guy Ritchie has taken everything that worked in the 2009 original and delivered way more of it.
In the new Sherlock Holmes film, "A Game of Shadows," the world's most famous detective meets up with his arch-nemesis from the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Professor Moriarty. But what will become of the only person to have ever out-witted Holmes, the infamous Irene Adler?
Rachel McAdams portrayed the iconic character in the first film, but until recently, a potential appearance in the sequel was still up in the air. Eventually, it was announced that McAdams would reprise her role, but only in a small capacity.
But now a new Korean promotional character poster depicts McAdams by herself as Adler, with no other players to be found. Does this mean we may see a bigger presence from Irene Adler than we had thought?
What can you expect from the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" sequel, "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows"? Well, according to director Guy Ritchie, you can expect everything to be "bigger and better."
MTV News was lucky enough to head to the London set of the film back in January to chat with Ritchie and leading men Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law about the latest installment in their steam punk-esque, action-packed franchise. Ritchie said that this time around you can expect everything to be a bit more extreme because now he "knows the identity" of his colorful characters.
"I supposed I stuck my toe in the water creatively on the last one. I'm probably a little bit more confident about who these guys are," Ritchie said.
After the massive success of the first Guy Ritchie “Sherlock Holmes” movie, Warner Bros. got right on setting up a sequel, which eventually became this December’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” The most recent issue of “Empire” magazine features the film’s star Robert Downey, Jr. on the cover, but also boasts several photos of the shoot, including a behind-the-scenes look at the cast with Ritchie himself.
Returning from the first film are Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, who plays able sidekick Dr. John Watson. The movie is also bringing out characters from the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories, including Sherlock’s brother Mycroft (played by Stephen Fry) and legendary villain Professor Moriarty, who is being portrayed by “Mad Men” actor Jared Harris. The production also features new characters, like Noomi Rapace’s mysterious gypsy Sim.
As seen at Empire Online, the first photo shows three of the principal castmembers, Downey, Jr, Law and Rapace, seated around a table together. While the image itself is somewhat mundane, it likely points toward the way in which new character Sim will freshen up the already compelling dynamic between Holmes and Watson.
New "Sherlock Holmes" trailer? Don't mind if we do!
With mere months to go before we play "A Game of Shadows" (not to be confused with a "Game of Thrones," mind you) with old pals Sherlock Holmes and assistant Watson, Warner Bros. has taken it upon themselves to release the first official trailer for the Guy Ritchie-directed sequel.