Jane and I are both Robert Downey Jnr fans. We both also love movies with a bit of action, a lot of cheesiness and fun script writing. So when the new Sherlock Holmes film came out, it was a must-see.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is the second in the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes series. The first Sherlock Holmes (2009) was a bit 'radical' as it stepped away from so many Holmes stereotypes. Gone was the deerstalkers, the meerschaum pipe and the quiet brainiac. Holmes was now scruffy man of action; a lover, a fighter and a constant pest to the ever faithful Watson (Jude Law). The cocaine addiction, the slightly irritating pontificating and the genius mind remained. I loved the first Sherlock Holmes as I do all clever crime movies. It was cheesy, sexy and smart and a bundle of fun.
The second instalment of Sherlock, rushed out after the huge success of the first, pits Sherlock against his nemesis Professor James Moriarty, played brilliantly by Jared Harris. Possessing a genius mind and the patience of a sloth, Moriarty has turned from academia to terrorism and it seems that only Holmes can stop him in.
Jared Harris as Professor Moriarty.
Along for the ride are Steven Fry as Mycroft Holmes (family can be so embarrassing), Kelly Reilly as patient and intelligent Mary, Watson's fiancée and a host of random other people you can only tell apart by the patterns of their facial hair.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was everything I expected it to be. There were great action sequences, some good lines and laughs and a whole pizza load of cheese. At times, the willing suspension of disbelief was stretched a bit too far and the continuity was absolute rubbish. Guy Ritchie's over use of slow motion also got rather trying but if you can get over those last few issues, it was a great piece of entertainment, which is al it really needs to be.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – go see it, but make sure you're in the right mood.
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