Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) – 7/10 period crime adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Michele Mulroney
Writer: Kieran Mulroney
Producer: Joel Silver
Producer: Lionel Wigram
Producer: Susan Downey
Producer: Dan Lin
Writer (Characters’ Creator): Arthur Conan Doyle
Robert Downey, Jr.: Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law: Dr. John Watson
Noomi Rapace: Madam Simza Heron
Jared Harris: Professor James Moriarty
Eddie Marsan: Inspector Lestrade
Kelly Reilly: Mary Watson
Stephen Fry: Mycroft Holmes
Rachel McAdams: Irene Adler

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, A (2011)

Sherlock is in the middle of the most important case of his career, possibly of all time, as he plays the game with diabolical genius Professor John Moriarty over the future of Europe. Meanwhile, Watson’s about to get married and Holmes is the best man.

7/10

Surprisingly, this expensive big-screen movie would be quickly overshadowed by the mind-shattering cleverness and originality of the Holmes-Moriarty plot in BBC television’s rightly-acclaimed Season Two of Sherlock. But while it still lacks a plot that is as clever as its hero or television rival, the ride is better than the first film; this is significantly more energetic and stylish and is an awful lot of fun. The Liu Bolin-inspired urban camoflauge gags are great, Holmesavision  makes an expanded return and it, unusually and agreeably, ends with a battle of brains. The cast is also first-rate. Robert Downey, Jr. Is good fun as the man himself but Jared Harris’ Moriarty is quietly sinister, Jude Law’s Watson is outstanding and Stephen Fry’s Mycroft is awesome. You just keep expecting him to unveil a gigantic pair of fake comedy breasts and say "au contraire, Sherlock".

This movie contains bad language and strong violence, extremely unpleasant scenes and non-sexual nudity.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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