Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - Movie Review

Robert Downey Jr. is back as Sherlock Holmes in the action-packed sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. This time, the whole of England and her surrounding countries find themselves in a caught in a  twisted invisible web of  Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), a genius mathematician, who Holmes is convinced is behind recent bombings around the world. Holmes and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) find themselves playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with a mastermind that leaves no traceable evidence behind. They will have to outwit and outplay their opponent before he succeeds in plunging the developed world into war.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows starts off running with disguises, betrayal and fights. It was a little confusing in the beginning as my brain scrambled to remember that had happened in the first movie in order to piece together what I was seeing in the second. In this sequel, Sherlock Holmes seems to a master of disguises as well and was he always this crazy? If he was then he is more so in this sequel! This of course works well for laughs but he doesn't seem to be a rational, intellectual being anymore - instead he is portrayed as an autistic formaldehyde-drinking madman, doing whatever he wants! That said, Dr. Watson is thankfully very grounded - the complete opposite to the off-the-rocker antics of Holmes. We also see the talented Noomi Rapace who plays Madam Simza Heron, a gypsy woman who aids the duo in their quest to bring down Professor Moriarty. The director must be a fan of slow-motion because the movie is full of them. Almost any action is precursored by a slow-motion run down.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a hilarious movie that will delight fans of the original. Lots of explosions, laughs, action, special effects, good story, and all around good time in this movie. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is in theatres this Friday, December 15, 2011.

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