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27 December 2011

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Runtime: 129 Minutes
The sequel to the film that revitalises the style and look of Sherlock Holmes proves as a mildly worthy sequel. Robert Downey Jr. gives another eccentricity-filled performance as the curiously weird Holmes and alongside Jude Law, it sums up for an entertaining experience. The plot feels lacking compared to the original and in general for that matter.


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 Professor Moriarty. 
The cunning Moriarty is always one-step ahead of Holmes 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.
The film has wonderfully clever moments like how Holmes plans his strikes intelligently as in the previous film. Downey Jr. gives the eccentric character great life and gives him a sly and sardonic style. 

This is one of those big-budget films that try extremely hard to be entertaining with all of its loud noises, explosions, bits of comedy and even using slow-motion to increase the tension of the drama and action. However, as somewhat of a blockbuster, it is still a reasonably enjoyable film. 

The villain is not very gripping, but the action and plot is deliciously clever. Not much to say about this one other than it is definitely worth checking out in cinemas for a thrilling and smart experience.

My Rating: 7/10

5 comments:

  1. good review, Tom. I'd see myself watching the first film again before I go off and see this one. BTW, you misspelt Potter in Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows P2 on the side

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  2. SO I did. *Fixes*

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  3. 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.

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  4. Agreed that they should have done with the villain and Rapace could have been used more. It was still a lot of fun, however. Perfect popcorn fluff!

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  5. I disliked the movie, I thought it was so much worse than first part. I agree completely about vilain not being the best.

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