The original Sherlock Holmes was a true test of Robert Downey Jr.’s stardom—could a Victorian era crime solver jazzed up with fighting skills and technological wizardry pull in the same audience as the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise? With Downey Jr. and director Guy Ritchie in charge, the answer was obviously “yes.” The movie was met with (mostly) critical praise and took in a worldwide box office of $500 million.
No surprise the studio quickly moved forward with a sequel, and now this holiday season we have a second round with the world’s greatest detective: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The second trailer for the movie has premiered and it looks like everything that worked in the first movie returns in bigger and badder form. More slow motion explosions, more peering suspects rattling off cryptic threats, more corsets pushing up lovely women’s bosoms and lots more Downey Jr./Jude Law back-and-forth. Why change the formula? It’s elementary, my dear Reader.
The only thing missing for me in this trailer is the mystery. I understand that Sherlock and Watson are facing off against the greatest mastermind in all of Europe, the nefarious Professor Moriarty, but…why? I recently barreled through the BBC Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and I found it thoroughly enjoyable thanks to a perfect balance between playful banter and their honest to goodness mystery stories. If there’s anything I want out of this new Sherlock Holmes movie, it’s more intrigue, more sleuthing. The trailer doesn’t put that on full display, but then again, that’s not exactly the best sell for mass audiences.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hits theaters December 16. Check out the new trailer below and revisit the first spot for even more of a look at the movie.