Notable Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry
The character of Sherlock Holmes has seen his fair share of film adaptions of varying quality (including the awesome "Great Mouse Detective!"), but never had it looked like what Guy Ritchie came up with for the 2009 version of the classic detective. He was borderline insane, yet a genius and the strong writing and performances of the film drove it to be one of the most unique and awesome films of the year. It didn't take some sort of psychic to see that it was going to be a formidable franchise with the talent involved and it wasn't long for the second film to arise to satiate our appetites in "A Game Of Shadows." Although the film still packs an intense mixture of chemistry, humor, action, and thoughtfulness to its place in a larger spectrum, this sophomore effort from Ritchie and company is a little long for its own good and loses some focus on what needed to be accomplished in its run time.
Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr) is quite literally in the middle of the biggest case of his crazy career. His innate ability to remember details and put the pieces of a larger puzzle together has made him more paranoid than usual and his latest obsession seems to be transfixing the massive conspiracy to that of a criminal mastermind like Professor Moriarty (Harris). It's fate that brings Watson (Law) back into town for his wedding and Holmes uses the opportunity to set his own plan into motion. The game of chess between two of the world's greatest minds has begun...and each intend to make it personal for the other.
|"Would you call this a Bro-mance, Holmes?"|
|"That's a might fine beard you have, sir. And chalkboard."|
Although my love for "A Game Of Shadows" wasn't as immense as my love for the first film, this still ranks as a personal favorite of mine and one that I will watch time and time against despite some of its gaping flaws. It's energy and casting simply make for a great film watching experience. Throw in a gloriously well shot and tense finale (taking the chess game literally with all kinds of pieces falling into place as our two rivals play out everything in their heads) and this second "Sherlock Holmes" film is a must see for anyone looking for a good way to kill a couple of hours. It's charming and highly recommended.
Written By Matt Reifschneider