Stop missing or else there may be a third film!

Theatrical Release Date: 12/16/2011
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Eddie Marsan
Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material.
Runtime: 2 hours, 9 minutes


I like to hug my newspapers.

Let me start with this disclaimer, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” continues director Guy Ritchie’s rendition of Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his trusty assistant, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), as far more physical and brash than the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This interpretation was likely made to make the franchise more accessible to current audiences, but leaves this critic a little torn personally. While I like the more action-packed version of these characters, I miss the awe of watching Sherlock’s deductive reasoning unfold the mystery at hand.

To its credit, the sequel is better written and has more thrills than its predecessor, thoroughly engaging the audience for the movie’s entire runtime of 129 minutes. Casting is well done, adding Noomi Rapace as Madame Simza Heron and bringing back Jared Harris as Professor James Moriarty to the mix of personalities. Also, the costumes are well constructed and beautifully enhance each character’s persona.

Ritchie again combines narration with slow motion in various scenes, displaying Holmes’ deductions, before ramping the scene up to full speed. This technique is starting to feel a little overused and not nearly as effective as the way that the BBC’s TV series Sherlock handles that same situation with a combination of narration and on-screen written text. On the other hand, Ritchie uses a similar technique of stop action and shifting perspective extremely effectively; particularly while the main characters are fleeing through a forest with numerous explosions.

In conclusion, whether you’re a huge Sherlock fan or just someone looking for a brief distraction, I think you’ll enjoy “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” – earning a solid 4 out of 5.

4 out of 5