Sherlock and Watson are back again to battle the evil Professor Moriarty who of course is plotting to take over the world. With the help of Holmes’ older brother, Mycroft, and a beautiful gypsy the two use deduction, disguises, and other tricks to find and stop Moriarty from trying to instigate a war.
Robert Downey Jr. (Holmes), Jude Law (Watson), Noomi Rapace (Simza), Rachel McAdams (Irene), Jared Harris (Moriarty), Stephen Fry (Mycroft), Paul Anderson (Col. Moran), Kelly Reilly (Mary Watson), Geraldine James (Mrs. Hudson), Eddie Marsan (Lestrade).
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows begins by stepping us straight into a mild mystery, followed by antics and sleuthing, and yet more mystery. As the story evolves, character development takes place alongside comedy, action, and an interesting presentation of deductive reasoning. The action escalates throughout the film until we realize this is more of an action & adventure film than a mystery. Still, the story remains interesting through the end with Holmes’ reasoning applied from different perspectives to a multitude of situations.
Acting was good with Downey delivering an appropriately quirky performance that felt natural for him. Law is a very good pairing for Downey, presenting just as well and enjoying good chemistry between the two. Harris was another well done casting choice and fit the role of Moriarty very nicely. The remainder of the supporting cast was also good.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done throughout with a solid feel. Physical effects were quite good. CGI was very entertaining and helped explain Holmes’ reasoning, while slow motion scenes were just plain fun. Dialogue was funny, sometimes campy, but moved the story along at a good pace. Sound and soundtrack were both fitting.
Overall Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was a very entertaining film with solid technical work from all aspects. Those who enjoyed the first film will likely enjoy this one even more. Newcomers to the franchise won’t be lost but will probably want to see the first film when done with this one.
With some violence, action, and mild drug use this should be fine for teens and above, and a decent choice for family movie night with older kids.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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