Sherlock Holmes

This is a really pretty film and it matches perfectly with Ritchie’s cinematic style. Hans Zimmer’s score is fantastic also – probably the best orchestral score of the year – and, of course, the performances are great. Everyone knew that Downey Jr. would make a great Holmes, and he does.
Rating: 3.5 starsHoopla Factor: 3.5 stars

Mired in the mess of editing cliches that betray this most modern version of the venerable franchise as ‘a Guy Ritchie film’, Sherlock Holmes features a confused and incomplete storyline and seems more like a preface to its inevitable sequels than a fully realised feature film in its own right.
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Despite the glorious world on show, it all comes a bit too easily, so the film doesn’t feel as epic as it should. It deals with the nature of the greater good in its own simple way, and is quite effective in doing so, even if it pales in comparison to the complexity of other comic book movies.
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The Golden Compass

In its haste to get to the big action scenes and battle sequences, it forgets that the audience needs to care about those fighting (and dying). The exposition in the opening half overwhelms the character information to the point that each is given rare moments to define themselves.
Rating: 2.5 starsHoopla Factor: 2.0 stars

Every time the characters refer to the alethiometer, they quickly follow it up with ‘golden compass’ (though tellingly off-camera), and this goes to show just how ‘careful’ people are when 180 million dollars are on the line.
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