Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – Review

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Holmes has come up against his arch-nemesis Moriarty in a chess game. The stakes? The entire world.

I went into this movie with great expectations. I was enthralled by the first and couldn’t wait to see if they were capable of pulling the same off with the sequel. I’m happy to say, I was not disappointed.

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Sherlock Holmes with the same eccentric fervor mixed with his smooth intellect and general social abrasiveness. They’ve kept the flavor of him intact with his shenanigans, myriad of disguises (ranging from ingenious to just plain scary), and even down to his Bartitsu-style of self defense. Jude Law as well gave a bang-up performance of the gruff sidekick Dr. Watson. Moriarty, played by Jared Harris (Mad Men), was a great villain. Evil beyond belief, but still keeping his composure. He would threaten your life in the most calm tone that it would send shivers down your spine. They pulled back almost all the players from the first film for at least some role in the story. I was even delighted to see the one and only Stephen Fry playing Sherlock’s brother Mycroft. Let’s just say that I got to see a whole new side of Mr. Fry…

The storyline was one of intrigue and surprises the entire time. It was a delight to watch the two minds combating as they pulled apart their opponent’s machinations. It’s not often you get to see two players of such intellect going at it. The fight scenes were choreographed to the point they reminded me of a good kung fu movie with the classic Holmes predetermination of how they will play out. Some of my favorite cinematography is slow motion, and they gave me plenty to squee about. Watching gunfire and shrapnel in slow motion just makes me giddy.

The music was enchanting and really drove the spirit of the time home. Hans Zimmer was the composer/producer of most of the songs in the soundtrack. I found myself tapping my toe to a few of the tracks and getting pulled to the edge of my seat by others.

As a whole, very fun to watch. Will keep you on the edge of your seat til the last second.

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