After the jump, I’ve got the newest trailer for Sherlock Holmes 2, which– hey, notice how none of us even bat an eye when typing that phrase? “Sherlock Holmes 2.” And I’ll bet sixpence and bowler hat we’ll eventually see “Sherlock Holmes 3D.” Anyway, the official title is Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, and the whole crew is back — director Guy Ritchie, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel “Angel Ass” McAdams, along with new additions Jared Harris (as Professor Moriarty) and Stephen Fry (as Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft). The latest installment promises all the gunplay and slow-motion explosions you remember from the 19th century novels, plus, my new favorite character, “Reaction Shot Bulldog,” who often witness the action and barks charmingly. I happen to think French bulldogs are slightly cuter, though I prefer to call them “Freedom Bulldogs.”
Here’s the synopsis, in case you’re interested. But hey, who needs words when you’ve got dogs, costumes, and ‘splosions? Woof! Woof!
Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law returns as his formidable colleague, Dr. Watson, in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large–Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)–and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder–a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by one Professor Moriarty. Mixing business with pleasure, Holmes tracks the clues to an underground gentlemen’s club, where he and his brother, Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) are toasting Dr. Watson on his last night of bachelorhood. It is there that Holmes encounters Sim (Noomi Rapace), a Gypsy fortune teller, who sees more than she is telling and whose unwitting involvement in the prince’s murder makes her the killer’s next target. Holmes barely manages to save her life and, in return, she reluctantly agrees to help him. The investigation becomes ever more dangerous as it leads Holmes, Watson and Sim across the continent, from England to France to Germany and finally to Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead as he spins a web of death and destruction–all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history. [Apple]