251st Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows

More thrills, more action, more fun

I was a little worried about whether Director Guy Richie could pull off a satisfying sequel after giving us a taste of what the rejuvenated Sherlock Holmes could do. Fortunately he put all my doubts to rest because A Game Of Shadows was nothing short of excellent and I’d definitely can’t wait for him and Warner Bros. do another sequel.

Jarred Harris as Moriarty

The film takes us to a cat and mouse game between Sherlock Holmes (the Amazing Robert Downey Jr.) and criminal mastermind at large-Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room until he finds his match. Not only is Moriarty 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. (cr: Imdb.com)

What I found exciting with the film was that there was always something going on in every scene. From start to finish, you’re bombarded with nonstop information that forces you to stay focused to what was going on, but it never got too complicated. When the movie feels like you’ve been fed enough, it goes slow-mo and treats you with outstanding computer-generated effects. The camerawork was one of the best I’ve seen and it further intensified the action.

When Dr. Watson (Jude Law) and Holmes were both on each other’s throats it was quite hilarious. I had thought that their bromance would be a little tiring by now but I was wrong! They still had the pizazz; the wit and humor never left and their chemistry was off the charts! Downey Jr. delivers with yet another memorable performance, and his companions also shone. Law once again proved his ability to take on Watson’s character (his wife  and Noomi Rapace (who played Madam Simza Heron) had a good run with hers. Harris also made a mark with his acting, but I thought he was slightly less sinister than what I thought Moriarty was in the books. And although Rachel McAdams was almost nonexistent here I thought she still gave it her all.

The tone of the movie was obviously less darker than the first one and I believe it benefited the film because RDJ is best when he makes people laugh. His ingenious quips and gimmicks were a lot more frequent than before and it was integrated naturally.

A Game of Shadows is one of the best sequels I’ve seen in a long while. And while it didn’t really offer anything new, I still believe that the uniqueness of the film made it as fresh and as exciting as the first one – more so during the final few minutes from the climax up to the credits because it made me want to see more. This was the first movie I saw for 2012. What a great way to start my year in the movies!

GRADE: B+

I Agreed With the MAJORITY

Rotten Tomatoes: 61% FRESH, 6.1/10 Rating

Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10 User Rating

Metacritic: 48/100

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