A Game Of Shadows
We are cheering because Robert Downey, Jr. is back as Sherlock Holmes -
the eccentric, brilliant detective who finds himself investigating a
series of suspicious bombings occurring around Europe in 1891. While
many are chalking it up to the work of anarchists, Holmes is on the
trail of his former flame, Irene (Rachel McAdams), and her partner in
crime, the well respected and unsuspected Professor Moriarty (Jared
While Holmes's dedicated partner, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), has had enough
of the crime solving game, he gets pulled back in when Moriarty and his
gang target him and his new wife, Mary (Kelly Reilly).
What is Moriarty up to?
Can Holmes overcome the one man who seems to have the ability to match
intellect with him?
Is anyone going to believe Moriarty is up to no good?
Holmes: A Game Of Shadows is
like a big, fancy fireworks display. It doesn't have any real meaning
or intellectual challenges, but you enjoy watching the pretty lights.
It's a fun romp at a time when all of the serious movies are being
released into theaters.
Director Guy Ritchie stays true to the spirit of the first movie by
sticking to the formula he established for that first movie. The
audience gets lots of laughs and giggles as Holmes and Watson bicker
and verbally spar back and forth over the clues, plans, ways to get to
the bottom of the mystery and the mistakes they make along the way.
Then, we continue to be wowed visually as Ritchie shows us Holmes's
thought process playing out in slow motion in front of us. We see his
plans to escape, or fend off a physical beating, or how he put together
the pieces to solve part of the mystery. Sure, it is overkill on the
slow motion stuff, but, when used in the right moments, it's cool to
Sadly, Sherlock Holmes: A Game
Of Shadows is not much of a
mystery movie. Holmes may be piecing together the clues, but the
audience is not. We are along for the ride as Holmes reveals some piece
of information out of nowhere, instead of seeing it at the same time we
do. Worst of all, it feels like the mystery doesn't become important
until about an hour into the movie.
Holmes: A Game Of Shadows is fun
and worth seeing, just don't look for intellectual challenges.
Holmes: A Game Of Shadows is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of
violence and action, and some drug material.