Trailer Watch: Double Dose of Two-Fisted awesomeness with first trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and new International trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

I really don’t need to explain these do I? Suffice to say, December will be AWESOME.

Well, we’ll actually start with the The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Spielberg is going out the gate strong, showing there to be absolutely none of the uncanny valley here, and making this one of this year’s must-sees. And hey, we get our first look at mo-cap elite Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock. Fantastic.

Based on the Herge story of the same name, Tintin will be directed by Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, who will be switching roles for the second film, which I’m assuming will be Red Rackham’s Treasure, as it’s sort of a sequel to Unicorn. A good time will be had by all on December 23, 2011.

And now, the main event.

Based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story, The Final Problem, we’re finally getting our first big look at Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, directed by Guy Ritchie. You should read the story, which features the infamous Professor Moriarty, who will be portrayed (and it looks like with great aplomb) by Jared Harris of Mad Men fame.

The summary (which is surprisingly long winded and complete, though not really spoiler-y) if you really need it after that:

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law returns as his formidable colleague, Dr. Watson, in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large–Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)–and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder–a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by one Professor Moriarty. Mixing business with pleasure, Holmes tracks the clues to an underground gentlemen’s club, where he and his brother, Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) are toasting Dr. Watson on his last night of bachelorhood. It is there that Holmes encounters Sim (Noomi Rapace), a Gypsy fortune teller, who sees more than she is telling and whose unwitting involvement in the prince’s murder makes her the killer’s next target. Holmes barely manages to save her life and, in return, she reluctantly agrees to help him. The investigation becomes ever more dangerous as it leads Holmes, Watson and Sim across the continent, from England to France to Germany and finally to Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead as he spins a web of death and destruction–all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.

Holmes and Moriarty head to Reichenbach falls on December 16, 2011.

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  1. Written by Arkonbey
    on 2011-07-14 at 15:35

    Holmes: It seems that Mr. Fry’s part isn’t big enough to even be shown in the credits. Dang it. Looks awesome though. Guy Ritchie has a way of using slow motion in way that seems entirely specific and integral to the scene (unlike, say, Zach Snyder).

    TinTin: already ranted about the film somewhere. It was probably here so I wont do it again.

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