In spite of its flaws, I have to admit that I was a fan of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. I thought Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law made for an entertaining and dynamic pair, and although the movie may have been a little more loud and brash than your usual Sherlock Holmes adaptation, many of the action set pieces were a welcome addition. I have been holding on to the hope that Guy Ritchie’s upcoming sequel would maintain the chemistry between Holmes and Watson while offering us a little more in the way of a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery — not to mention a showdown with Professor Moriarty.
Well the first trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows has just hit the web, and I have to say, I’m not that impressed. They’ve definitely amped up the action with plenty of machine guns and explosions, but by doing so they are losing any association with the classic character that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created. It’s cool to see Noomi Rapace make her North American debut here, but overall, I’m not feeling it… even the comedy seems to fall flat. Perhaps I’ve just been spoiled by the BBC’s Sherlock in the time since the release of the first film? Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hits theatres on December 16th; check out the trailer in HD over at Apple.com or watch an embedded version after the jump.