Sherlock Holmes:  A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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Directed by : Guy Ritchie

Release Date : | Length : 129 Minutes

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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 murdera murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by one Professor Moriarty.Mixing bus...more

Verdict

“Funny dialogues, incredible action sequences and some brilliant performances lift up an otherwise weak script. The fantastic chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law make Sherlock Holmes 2 thoroughly enjoyable! Don’t miss it.”

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Credit & Casting

Jared Harris

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Audience Review

More Loud than Lively

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One of the literary worlds most famous detective returns for yet another cinematic adventure on the big screen. Continuing from where we left off last time around, Holmes & Watson have been on the trail of the infamous Professor Moriarty when the movie kicks off. James Moriarty turns out to be quite the match for Holmes, intellectually and physically, resulting in case that makes all other Holmes cases seem small and insignificant in scale if not in ambition. The action pans across Europe as a newly wed Watson & grieving Holmes attempt to bring down Moriarty before he can kick off a world war and an arms race. Joining the duo for the ride this time is the original dragon tattooed girl, Noomi Rapace who plays a gypsy woman intrinsically linked to Moriartys nefarious plans. So will Holmes & Watson be able to stop the professor or will Europe be plunged into a war? If history & Alan Moore are anything to go by then both the events have already occurred.

Though in name a Sherlock Holmes adventure, the plot borrows liberally from Alan Moores The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and barely earns the Holmes tagline. I considered the first movie drifted from the set precedent of the Holmes mythos, but this one makes Holmes some sort of Victorian James Bond, albeit this one shakes & stirs formaldehyde in his martinis. His powers of deduction are pretty much intact and the way Robert Downey Jr. seems to have fun playing the part, its almost impossible not to enjoy the movie on some level. I find the lack of any intellectual capacity appalling and the constant need to juxtapose an elaborate action sequence replete with slow-mo sequences highly repetitive and showy. Either Guy Ritchie seems to have gotten carried away with the praise heaped on him for the first part or this just lazy writing. Everywhere the plot is secondary to the pyrotechniques and that for didnt make this a Sherlock Holmes movie at all. I like seeing a gloriously well orchestrated blaze of destruction as much as the next guy, the context of the movie is of utmost importance and without that you only have an impressive CGI show reel.

On the other hand, the banter between Holmes & Watson is delightful and pretty witty in parts though it can get a bit juvenile at times. Law & Downey Jr. complement each other perfectly leaving almost everyone else as just props in the background; the exception to this being Stephen Fry as Sherlocks gay sibling, Mycroft Holmes, who displays outstanding comic timing. Noomi Rapace shows that she looks pretty without tattoos and piercings and most importantly that she can speak English well enough to secure bigger and meatier roles elsewhere. Jared Harris is solid if not spectacular; though a week down the line, Ill barely remember him in this role. Rachel McAdams appears in cameo and to speak anything more about her role would be to reveal certain spoilers.

With less of a plot & character development and more bang for its buck than the first outing, this Sherlock film is disappointment. You still have Robert Downey Jr. & Jude Law in top form and that alone makes the movie enjoyable. Dont go in expecting much and youll have you share of harmless fun.