Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (2011)

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Connections: Sherlock Holmes

There is a new criminal mastermind at large (Professor Moriarty) and not only is he Holmes' intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil and lack of conscience may give him an advantage over the detective. --TMDb
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
Jude Law
Jude Law
Noomi Rapace
Noomi Rapace
Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams
Jared Harris
Jared Harris
Review by Lucid Dreams
Added: January 05, 2012
I haven't been to the movies in quite a while, so I decided if I was going to buy an overpriced movie ticket I would see the next installment in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes." I enjoyed the first one enough to venture into this one feeling that I would be pleased with the outcome, and I was, but there were a few things in here that really ticked me off. Guy Ritchie is the only person to blame for that, however.

The story takes place sometime after our first one (go figure) and Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr.) seems to have figured out who the big bad guy is who was in the shadows of the first movie. Dr. Watson (Jude Law) is about to get married and start a new life of his own, leaving Holmes without a partner. However, with their new archenemy Professor James Moriarty (Jarred Harris), they have one final case to solve together before it is too late. With the help of a gypsy fortune teller, Madam Simza Heron, (Noomi Rapace) they might be able to prevent a world war from happening.

The story was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be. Lots of action, good performances, and I found it to be a little better compared to the first one, but the way it was executed was a bit off because it felt rushed. Another problem I had was the damn slow motion. This was extremely over used throughout the movie, especially during the chase scene in the forest. Guy Ritchie is known for these things in all of his movies, but it was on the extreme here.

The acting was great. I love the chemistry between Robert Downey and Jude Law; they make a really good team. Noomi Rapace was a bit weird to get used to at first because after watching the original movies of the "Millennium Trilogy." Last, Jarred Harris as the villain wasn't something I expected at first. He later plays the cold calculating villain very well.

Overall: An enjoyable film and a worthy sequel. I was entertained for the most part from beginning to end, so I would scratch this as a win for me. It definitely had its problems here and there, but I don't think this will bother you viewers out there. 7/10.
AttnDefDis #1: AttnDefDis - added 01/05/2012, 06:51 PM
That slow motion crap drove me nuts too! It was used just enough in the first, but they could have easily shaved 30 minutes off the running time if they had ditched some of it here. I was really disappointed by the rather unceremonious demise of a certain character. Plus, I also found Noomi Rapace a little hard to get used to and she didn't even have that many lines. Her character didn't feel as integral as she was supposed to be. Also, the flow of the story was a little weird I thought. I mean he spends at least a half an hour just convincing Watson to come with him on this journey and then we reach the end at what feels like a really quick pace (minus all of the slow motion). Overall, it was decent, but I didn't like it as much as the first.
Lucid Dreams #2: Lucid Dreams - added 01/05/2012, 07:27 PM
Yep, Guy Ritchie really went overboard with this. I don't really think he is that great of a director, but I enjoyed the first one a lot. This one had all the right stuff to be just as good, but Ritche dropped the ball on a few parts. This isn't a bad movie at all, but it could have been better.
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