My Favorite Movie is… Sherlock Holmes

Untitledby Bridget O’Flynn

Sherlock Holmes is a literary character who needs no real introduction. That tall, lean, imposing figure has been a part of our collective consciousness for so long that he is permanently ingrained in our minds. Even the smallest children know who he is – he is the adversary of crime and the master of logic, using his keen powers of observation and his brilliant mind to solve some of the most mind-boggling cases of the 19th century. It’s beyond easy to imagine that penetrating gaze, that riveting attention, that mind on the border of insanity.

So, if you enjoy deep, serious, intense, psychological reasoning, with a bit of action, a few one-liners and some general badassery thrown in, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes is the film for you. Or, well, it was for me.

The first time I saw Sherlock Holmes, I was at my cousins’ house. It was late, and I was tired and in no particular mood to keep my eyes open and watch a film. But I will always be glad that I shifted in my seat and focused my bleary eyes on the television, because after the first scene I was entranced. Taken. Gone. The costumes did it for me. The setting did it for me. (I was a little too tired to focus on the plot, but at least it gave me an excuse to watch the movie again).

Still a little doubtful? Okay. Then imagine this. Continue reading

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Kick-Ass 2

Kick Ass 2by Bridget O’Flynn

I was a bit, let’s say… unsure about seeing Kick-Ass 2. In the absence of Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, Stardust) from the directing chair, and with the added pressure that is always attached to a blockbuster follow-up, I was having doubts about whether or not a sequel to superhero-action-comedy Kick-Ass could be pulled off.

I walked out of the cinema relieved, and pleasantly surprised.

I had wondered if every scene would once again be stolen by our purple-haired Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz; Kick-Ass, Carrie, Dark Shadows, Hugo), now 15 and attending – or, rather, fake-attending – high school under the protection of her guardian, Marcus. Yes, it’s true to say that our favorite foul-mouthed heroine steals the show, even though she’s a little busy trying to balance school life and superhero duties, saving the world every night from evil villians who roam around New York City.

The plot does leave a lot to be desired. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson; Anna Karenina, Albert Nobbs) wants to rid New York of its criminals, but Continue reading