Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Directed by Guy Ritchie

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Noomi Rapace, Eddie Marsan, Rachel McAdams, Kelly Reilly

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is the much-anticipated sequel to the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Back in the director’s seat is Guy Ritchie who has directed several hit films including the first Sherlock film as well as Snatch and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

This time the film brought back some of the same stars as well as a few new ones. Reprising the title role is Robert Downey Jr. with Jude Law taking on the role of the loyal Dr. Watson once again. Jared Harris takes on the role of villain Professor James Moriarty. He’s been in a number of big films including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Natural Born Killers. Also returning to the series is Eddie Marsan who takes up the role of Inspector Lestrade once more. The film also features newcomer Noomi Rapace who played Lizbeth Salander in the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.

Dr. John Watson (Law) is getting married. As he prepares for his wedding he teams up with his friend Sherlock Holmes for one night of fun. Meanwhile, Europe is under siege from an unknown assailant detonating bombs in France and Germany. One night of fun opens the door to their involvement in the mysteries of the bombings. As they connect the dots they find themselves facing the genius Professor Moriarty. Their travels lead them across Europe as they seek out the true threat and try to help their new friend Simza Heron (Rapace). If they fail to solve the case more is at stake than they can even imagine.

This is a great followup to the 2009 film. This story might even be better than the first. It keeps you in suspense as the plot is deeper than the original. The acting in the film is exactly what you’d expect from the talented cast with each role being played perfectly. Robert Downey Jr. once again shows the depth of his talent as he gives an amazing performance. Jude Law also manages to shine while playing a supporting role to Downey Jr. As the evil Moriarty Jared Harris is perfect. He had to be both evil and incredibly intelligent and it worked out great. It won’t be a surprise to see some award recognition for the main characters in this film.

The score is done amazingly well thanks to the talented Hans Zimmer. As emotions run high the music compliments the film without becoming a distraction or being repetitive.

The visual aspect of the film is great as well. It mirrors the styling of the first film while creating a better experience through the use of slow motion and effects. The sets are designed wonderfully and the camera work is striking throughout. Ritchie brings his unique style to the film and succeeds all the way.

I would recommend this film to anyone. It’s not a film for small children with its dark nature and violent moments. For anyone who liked the first film this should be a wonderful experience as it delivers on the hype. I give this film 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 129 minutes

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12 comments

  1. Although all of the freshness that was part of the first one is somewhat over-used, the flick is still a lot of fun with Downey Jr., Harris, and Law breathing life into each of their own characters. However, I was kind of disappointed by Noomi Rapace’s role as she just simply stands there and really doesn’t do anything. Regardless though, good review. Check mine out when you can.

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    1. I think the trick to the success of this second film was a certain amount of consistency mixed with an unpredictable story. Rapace was good but I have a feeling that a third movie could bring her back with more importance.

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