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In a time of visual barrages and hyper kinetic filmmaking, Abe Lincoln swinging an axe at vampires and thirteen year old girls kicking the Mafia’s ass, we should expect this film.

The good news is that it’s a funny, quick witted romp that never takes itself too seriously.  Even more lighthearted than the first Downey/Holmes iteration, the relationship between Watson and Holmes is played even more torturous yet inevitable.

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But the reason I wished to bring it up is the plot.  Moriarty is the right bad guy.  An academic (Kissinger?  Neocons?) he’s in it for the war profiteering. Cornering the market on industrialized armament production, he just needs a tipping point to set Europe off on a worldwide war.  This includes false flag bombings, using anarchist groups as dupes, assassinations and exploiting the situation to build a war supply empire.  Not much has changed since the 1890s it turns out.

For that reason, I find the film as a whole compelling and worthy.  Perhaps not a 4 star effort, but 3 anyway.  With decent helpings of humor and witty banter, I could go 3 point something.  Plus there’s not much else worth watching at the Redbox lately; it’s a bit of a post-industrial wasteland in there.

 

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