With Robert Downey, Jr., (Holmes) Jude Law (Watson) and Guy Ritchie (directing) once again, this trio stands to be in each other's company for many years to come as this film franchise shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Review of the original is available here.
The fast-paced, more action-packed film takes the moviegoer on a whirlwind jaunt across Europe. Successful action and suspense movies must have a one-liner cracking hero or villain. In this case, most of the characters get in on the witty remarks. Villain of the show, Professor James Moriarty (portrayed superbly by Jared Harris), plays that cold, calculating personality that we so love our villains to be when pitted against the hot blooded, one-liner cracking hero.
Their razor-sharp verbal interchanges represent the intellectual chess-playing enemies in a good vs. evil game, with precision and, at times, without the chess board.
Easily argued as the best addition to the cast of characters is Stephen Fry as Holmes' brother, Mycroft. The Holmes' genetic disposition of self absorption takes a comical slant with the elder sibling criticizing Sherlock at every turn.
Rachel McAdams returns briefly in this second of what is certain to be a continuing series. Noomi Rapace steps in as Simza Heron for the feminine touch, without being a love interest. This leaves the plot, thankfully, about saving the world.
Much debate weighs which is better, the original installment or this film. Both are an excellent blend of intellect, action and comedy. Why compare? Just sit back, hold on and enjoy.
Bottom Line: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a great ride when Downey, Law and Ritchie are joined by Fry to save the world as only Holmes and Co. can.Photo: Warmer Bros.
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