Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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After an incredibly underwhelming reboot of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic character, Guy Ritchie is once again in the director’s chair for its sequel,  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. This time Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr.) and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law) are up against their most terrifying and brilliant nemesis yet: Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris). Moriarty is hell-bent on starting a world war, which in turn will make him millions (he is an arms dealer).
I’ll admit I was excited for the sequel; the trailer looked epic, witty and full of action, but I was a little unimpressed upon exciting the cinema.
The banter between Holmes and Watson is funny and pretty clever, but not what you would expect from the sauve and sophisticated Holmes. The action scenes are actually epic, and the use of ‘bullet time’ cinematography was a nice touch. However, Sherlock isn’t, and never has been a martial artist (in the books at least), and his fighting abilities are on display for a significant amount of the film.
Don’t get me wrong, it is a significant step-up from its predecessor, yet I came out feeling that once again Ritchie wasted the quality of  the actors he has at his disposal.
All in all, it’s a fun watch that will be enjoyed by those who liked the first one. Personally, I was hoping Ritchie would take a page out of Sir Doyle’s book and make Sherlock a bit more serious.


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