The introduction of Sherlock Holmes’ (Robert Downey Jr.) archnemesis Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris) is the best thing about Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Just as the exuberant first film turned Holmes into an action hero (And we’re more likely to forgive it because he’s named Sherlock Holmes), the Moriarty of the sequel has been taken to the logical end of extremity: He’s a megalomaniac set on starting a world war. When the movie observes the dueling minds of Holmes and Moriarty, its focus is laser-like. The rest roams around to and fro, and even the bantering between Holmes and his faithful companion Watson (Jude Law) is drowned in incident and exposition. My review is here. Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and DVD/Blu-ray Combo.
The face of Ghost Rider is about as iconic an image as has ever been created for comic books. Here’s the thing: On the page, it looks cool; in motion, it looks, well, silly. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance has many shots of the flaming-skull demon-man shaking his head, opening his mouth in examination (because he doesn’t have eyes), and otherwise looking ridiculous. The movie is quite, quite silly, too, and while that’s intentional, it winks and nudges us to acknowledge its humor–like someone who told a bad joke and thinks he can make it funny if he keeps telling us it was a joke. My review is here. Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D.