129 Min. | Action – Adventure – Crime | December 2011
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Guy Ritchie
Staring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Review: “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadow” picks up where the prequel left off, Holmes is tracking down Professor Moriarty, a man he believes is responsible for a series of bombings and mysterious deaths around world. With the help of his pal Watson (off to be married soon), and a gang of gypsies, which includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Noomi Rapace, set out on a game of cat-and-mouse to find the schemes of the sinister Professor. Though there is an element of mystery in this film, it is not as in-depth as the first film. Rather the focus is on the action sequences and clever humor. This is not necessarily a bad thing though, in fact it helps move the plot along. The first film suffered because the story was slow. In this Holmes though, there is not one second that drags. The story of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadow, itself is not special, but its pace is what counts.
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are once again a true treat to watch as Holmes and Watson. Their chemistry and interactions are perfect in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadow, it’s easy to tell that both had fun with the script and with each other. Jared Harris as Professor Moriarty gives a solid performance, as a cold, manipulative, power hungry villain. Unlike Mark Strong in the first film, he is a believable antagonist. Noomi Rapace is a nice flavor as Madam Sim. The set and costume designs are exquisite, bringing to life of what Europe was like in the late 1800s. The sound and editing is crisply done, and the music is top-notched—Hans, you’re truly the best. The visual effects are mostly good, but some scenes were a bit over the top and borderline ridiculous. One of many examples include a woman being thrown from a fast moving train into a river, without sustaining injury or even dying. This is impossible. Then again, it’s Hollywood. The filmmakers aren’t doing their job if a sense of the ridiculous is not thrown into an action flick from time to time.
Nevertheless, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadow” is a pleasant experience and a whole lot more fun than the original film. Its operatic action scenes will entertain the audience and its comedic scenes will add a layer of laughter. With powerful performances from the cast, this film is one not to be missed in this movie season. Final Verdict: “A Game of Shadows” is a stylish, fast-paced, yet comedic adventure which improves upon its predecessor in several aspects, and surely a highly recommended film. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadow” delivers as a great, action-packed, and a rather humorous, popcorn loving flick.