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01.05.2011 – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows has been promoted a couple of weeks back during the later part of November 2011 in the US. The actors made their rounds making guest appearances talk shows across America.

The film premiered on December 18, 2011 and since that the Philippines had an annual Metro Manila Film Festival all foreign movies will have to take back seat.

Of course not everyone would agree how the local movies have lost its Midas touch to match up.

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Then again we’re glad that the first movie we see for 2012 is this film, which has been heavily promoted in at least three local radio stations. Consistently having each of the radio stations has their own special screenings for the next few days before its regular screening this Sunday on January 8, 2012. It’s one of the favorites being anticipated to be seen this year.

The special press media screening was held at the Glorietta 4 Cinema in Ayala and food was served those who were privileged to see this first.

Prior to the screening one of the heads of Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines announced the upcoming movies for the year by showing all the trailers and the most notable one is Dark Knight Rises. Certainly not to be missed for the year 2012.

This Is Not a Game.

Now that the trailers have been squared away we get to see the film that opened the year 2012 in the Philippine cinemas. The sequence of the movie follows where the last one in 2009 left off. Clearly Sherlock Holmes’ character is directly based from the original book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle without taking the elements that made him popular.

The previous basis of the character was unlike this one portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. and he fits the bill perfectly. It’s quite entertaining to see how things unravel with each scene though we don’t want to spoil you this is one movie sure not to pass up.

Devious it may seem Professor Moriarty is the perfect foil to Holmes which reminds us how Batman has The Joker as its nemesis only twisted.

Speaking of the Joker keep an eye on RDJ’s character throughout the film it might surprise you his rendition as the clown prince of crime. The humor could not be forgotten to be complimented but this time it’s more gratifying laugh trip and RDJ with Jude Law. Sherlock Holmes is impressive as what was originally based in the short stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The action and comedy mixed together to look more believable with its visual stunning view of the Victorian Era which is set in 1891. You won’t get lost in the adventure even though you have not seen the first movie.

It’s obvious that the plot is loosely based in the short story in the “Final Problem” for those who are keeping score in reading the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Some scenes are depicted in this latest offering directed by Guy Ritchie.

Truth is told there were several mixed reviews but we highly not to subscribe because the anticipation to see this film will give you the side of negativity.

The Final Verdict.

Overall 4.5 out 5 rated in this film with high octane action mixed with good timing humor plus the visual perspective of its Victorian era. This makes the film leap from original novel of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle look believable and vibrantly fresh to see.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens across the country on January 8, 2012 from our friends at Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines!

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