He put the dignified Sherlock Holmes series on steroids with his first big budget effort in 2009. He added top-notch special effects with a pumped up
Their latest installment,
They try to thwart the plans of the evil Dr. Moriarity. The screenplay recipe combines elements of James Bond, Mission Impossible and the Wild West. It's clearly a formula action adventure film. But the great production values, cinematography and acting will please fans of the genre.
An advance screening presented by Orange County Film Society at the Lido Theater in Newport Beach featured a guest appearance by actor
A glittering nothing
The team who gave us
Featuring "more celebrities than rehab," much of the movie is spent waiting for a famous face to pop up as you've never seen before.
Ooh look, there's
In another display of unexpected casting,
But we do get some genuine moments from
All this happy-dappy holiday sappy is enough to induce a major sugar hangover. It's all engineered to bring a lump to the throat; but for me it was more of a gag reflex.
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.