It’s a Game of Shadows

I had a movie date this past Friday night. It’s a bit of a rare treat. A 4:15 p.m. showing of “Sherlock Holmes 2” followed by some food in our favorite bar seats at Big Bowl. Despite the fact we have a stack of over 20 free movie passes and we live IN a theater building, we have gotten to a scarce few movies in the last year. It’s really too bad because we always have such a nice time when we do. Friday night was no exception.

I grew up in the same age as Robert Downey, Jr. and have thoroughly enjoyed his most recent run at the top of the box office and comeback number “who knows what number.” Far be it from me to pretend to be able to read into someone’s character based on fictional roles played in Hollywood blockbusters, but there is a look about him in the last few years that he “totally gets it.” Like he remembers every minute of his current life what rock bottom actually looked like, and that he has an appreciation and gratitude for the many second chances he has gotten. I think it makes him  pretty awesome. I bet he’d be great to play a round of golf with or to grab a cup of coffee or some dinner. I’m just sayin…

So as a very amateur movie reviewer I’d give “Sherlock Holmes 2: A game of Shadows” a big down dog leg kick up. That’s my yogi version of the other guy’s “thumbs up”. My measure of a good movie is pretty simple. If it entertains me, makes me laugh or moves me in any way at all it’s worth the price of admission (which I guess in my case is usually free but whatever). I could tell you all about what I thought about the plot and the performances, but there are a whole bunch of other blogs or websites that can provide those reviews. In fact here’s 192 of those reviews right now if you want them:

For me it was part of a great night out. I was highly entertained and I loved the fact that the guy who was entertaining me didn’t seem like an ungrateful, shallow, self serving megalomaniac. Made it all the better. If you are at all interested in martial arts, mystery, detectives, English history, Paris, Gypsies, comeback stories or WWI there is something for you to love about this movie. Much like everything in life there are a lot of layers involved, It’s a Game of Shadows.

Do what you want with that!



About Jim Herbert

I've been wanting to write my whole life. By age 45 it had amounted to nothing more than a storage locker of half full journals and a lot of unfulfilled dreams. Then Paris in the fall of 2011 happened. It was the catalyst I needed to consistently blog. At first I had a hard time hitting the publish button, but now two blog sites and over 300 posts later I'm hitting my stride. I'm also a budding speech writer. I've recently been heavily involved in the Chicago Storytelling scene and have also won the Chicago Toastmasters Area 66 International Speech Contest. Check out our website at for more details about the amazing things that are happening in my life. A book or two are nearing completion. With another Paris trip on tap for Easter of 2015 I can only imagine that there are Infinite Possibilities on the horizon!!!
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