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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Movie Reviews

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03/28/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows" by Yojimbo

On the eve of his wedding day, Doctor Watson is persuaded by his erstwhile partner in crime to go head to head with arch nemesis Professor Moriarty in a game of international cat and mouse. The Victorian bromance continues as the bickering detectives cut a swathe across Europe in pursuit of the nefarious Moriarty leaving a trail of computer generated carnage in their wake. Subtlety certainly takes a back seat as Game Of Shadows follows the usual blockbuster sequel formula of dumber and louder=better, with the homo-eroticism of the first film in particular ramped up to Carry On proportions. Unlike the Indiana Jones vibe of the previous film, the plot here is very much a James Bond-style tale of espionage full of tommy guns, explosions, disguises and international intrigue and it's all very...

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05/26/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Game like a chess , one outplaying other

“What do you see?” I see everything. Sherlock Holmes the most famous detective of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels is now back in action for the second time. Game of Shadows bestows the impeccable talent of Sherlock and his histrionics to make the viewers engage. He sees everything and he says that it’s his curse. We must remember that the previous movie gave insight into important characters. This one has stressed upon the arch nemesis of Sherlock, Professor Moriarty. Warner Bros and same production unit brings in the sequel.

The plot continues with the last frame shot of the previous where Holmes and Watson think about Moriarty. This one opens with an explosion and a bit later with Watson (Jude Law) typing the memories of Sherlock. With this we can glance that movie has opened a bit late....

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05/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A game of shadows - The end?

The plot takes part months after the first movie, where Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) is about to marry his fiancée Mary. Inspector Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) is to be his best man and throw his best friend and partner in solving crimes a stag party. Of course being Sherlock Holmes, he has other obsessions on his mind such as his arch nemesis the brilliant Dr Moriarty (played with fantastic intelligence and sinister intent by Jared Harris) whom Holmes believes is responsible for creating a chaos in Europe, and who, he later learns, wants to unleash a world war from which only he can benefit. I have to say that there is very little detecting in this one. Rather the film relies on breathtaking action and the unconventional friendship and banter between its two male leads. The bond bet...

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12/29/2011 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Review of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Certain actors in this world have an unmistakable talent for taking a character and making it uniquely their own. Johnny Depp did it with Captain Jack Sparrow; no one could match Chevy Chase’s version of Clark Griswold; and Robert Downey, Jr. has become the modern day face of Sherlock Holmes. I’ll admit that, although I have never once actually read a Sherlock Holmes novel (my apologies to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), I was entirely hooked on Mr. Holmes (AND Robert Downey, Jr.) after the first installment of the film, and was enthusiastically looking forward to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows for the entire two years it took to be released. Now, let me tell you if it was worth the wait….

THE GOOD: This time around, Sherlock and Dr. Watson (played again by Jude Law) are joining forces ...

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12/22/2011 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

A Game Of Shadows Is Worth Investigating

It’s hard to believe that it has been about two years since Robert Downey Jr’s first outing as the heroic Sherlock Holms. In ‘A Game of Shadows’, Downey and his ever-present sidekick, Watson (Jude Law) are returned to a familiar setting, but with enough new elements to make this sequel a standout in it’s own right. If nothing else, you can’t help but marvel at this film’s overall look and feel. Returning director, Guy Ritchie (‘Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels’, ‘Rock-n-Rolla’) has equaled or improved his representation of Europe in the late 1800’s where emerging technologies (such as the automobile) mix with an old world backdrop.

‘A Game Of Shadows’ has Holms following the moves of the nefarious Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris in an excellent interpretation of the role). Holms i...

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12/17/2011 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Second Verse, Same as the First

Here's all you need to know if you're on the fence about this film: Did you like the first one? If yes, you'll enjoy this one as well. If no, don't bother because it's pretty much more of the same with a few new faces thrown in for good measure.

Of course Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are back with that same love-hate relationship. Rachel McAdams shows up early on for what amounts to a cameo before bowing out (for good?). Joining our intrepid heroes is Noomi Rapace (of Dragon Tattoo fame) looking a bit more well-fed but just as spunky as ever as a Gypsy whose brother is entangled with an international plot. That plot is run by Professor James Moriarty - Jared Harris - who pulls all the strings to make sure war will happen, and he'll greatly profit off of said war. Also joining the fra...

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