According to E! Online, Warner Bros. Pictures
has given the 'Sherlock Holmes'
sequel a full title, and it's guaranteed to rub some people the wrong way (and by some people, we mean people who didn't read the books). The Guy Ritchie
-directed film will be dubbed "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Now, several sites on the internet are bashing the new title, but let's really take a look at it before we just randomly dismiss it. First, it explains the basic plot of the movie so it scores points there. With Jared Harris
being cast to play Sherlock's archnemesis Moriarty, we can assume that the film centers around their usual deadly battle of wits (hence, the "Game" part). "Shadows" evokes a sense of mystery and hiding in the shadows (as Moriarty did in the first film). There you go: A Game of Shadows
Secondly, for anyone who's ever read the books, there isn't a "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the..." in the whole batch. Nor is there a "Sherlock Holmes II: Back in Action" or the like. The series of books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
boasts an impressive array of intentionally mysterious titles, the subject of which typically makes sense in the context of the story. For example, here is a short selection of Sir Conan's titles:
"Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet"
"Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia"
"Sherlock Holmes: The Five Orange Pips"
"Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles"
"Sherlock Holmes: A Case of Identity"
Is "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
" really that far off-key? If anything, it seems that Guy Ritchie and Warner Bros. are again looking to the original stories for inspiration, while putting a new spin on the character and series. The new film, starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, and Noomi Rapace hits theaters December 16th.