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Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
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Jun 19, 2012 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Guy Ritchie

Actors:
Robert Downey Jr.
Jude Law
Jared Harris

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large-Professor Moriarty - and not only is he Holmes' intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade, points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder-a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When the first SHERLOCK HOLMES movie came out, I must admit that I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t a great film, but it was a fun film and I really dug what Guy Ritchie did with the legendary franchise. Since the first movie though, I’ve become spoiled by BBC’s series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, two people who bring Holmes and Watson to life almost perfectly. Throw in the incredibly well written episodes and Guy Ritchie has some series standards to live up to.

It’s not fair to compare the two adaptations though, as they’re so very different. Ritchie’s version takes a more traditional look at Holmes and Watson. I mean traditional in the sense that it takes place in the past whereas the BBC version takes a more modern day look at Sherlock.

Does Guy Ritchie’s second installment of the SHERLOCK HOLMES franchise hold up after that? To me, yes it does. Again, they’re really completely different entities and Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of the iconic detective is a lot of fun for me. Some people get snooty that an American is playing the British detective, but I couldn’t think of somewhere better to bring the character to life in this particular adaptation and I feel like he does the character justice.

Additionally I think that Jude Law does a pretty good job as Watson, although he doesn’t really pull off the kind of intellect that I think Watson really exudes. Almost perfectly cast as Moriarty though is Mad Men’s Jared Harris, who definitely pulls off crazed genius very, very well. I was also exceptionally happy to see Swedish actress Noomi Rapace cast in the film as well as Stephen Fry as Holmes’ brother Mycroft.

Like the first SHERLOCK HOLMES film, A GAME OF SHADOWS is a flawed film. However, between the exceptionally fun cast of characters, the stunning visual effects and the fun adapted plot for the film, A GAME OF SHADOWS is a lot of fun and highly enjoyable. Most sequels have a way of going seriously downhill and although I really enjoy the first film, this follow-up is, in my opinion, a superior film is almost every way.
THE EXTRAS
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: A Perfect Chemistry: Holmes and Watson’s relationship is an extremely interesting one and one that needs to be created just right. Their needs to be that chemistry between the two people playing the characters and this is a look at how that chemistry was made for the film

Holmes Without Borders: This feature goes over the places that the film takes place.

Moriarty's Master Plan Unleashed: A look at the character of Moriarty in general as well as how he was portrayed in the film. The cast and crew discuss the villain and how Jared Harris brought him to life for this adaptation.

Holmesavision on Steroids: This feature takes a look at the slow motion work that Guy Ritchie used to bring Holmes’ fight sequences to life.

Sherlock Holmes: Under the Gypsy Spell: In this feature, we get a look at Noomi Rapace’s character, Sim as well as the gypsies that are cast in the film alongside her.

Meet Mycroft Holmes: Stephen Fry was one of the greatest parts of the film and this was a great look at his role as Holmes’ brother in the film. It’s basically a character profile on Mycroft and Fry discusses the film version and the book version.

Guy Ritchie's Well-Oiled Machine: The cast and crew talking about working with Guy Ritchie on the set of SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS.

There’s also the Maximum Movie Mode: Inside the Mind Of Sherlock Holmes feature as hosted by Robert Downy Jr. to watch if you’re a fan.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As I mentioned, A GAME OF SHADOWS is a fantastic sequel that exceeds its predecessor in almost every way. The first film as well as A GAME OF SHADOWS are movies that I would happily watch again on my own or introduce to friends. I also absolutely adore the soundtrack to the film that was put together by the wonderful Hans Zimmer. It’s one of those soundtracks that goes along absolutely perfectly with the film and makes it that much better.
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7:01AM on 07/30/2012
This is one of my favourite movie! Robert is so cute! I think all of the cast (especially Robert and Jude) were perfect for their roles. The whole film was incredible !
This is one of my favourite movie! Robert is so cute! I think all of the cast (especially Robert and Jude) were perfect for their roles. The whole film was incredible !
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6:14PM on 06/19/2012
Brits can suck it if they bitch about Downey as Holmes. There's a Welsh Batman, an English Superman, and now an English Spider-Man. Fuck you, we can have Holmes for a while. And James Bond if we feel like it.
Brits can suck it if they bitch about Downey as Holmes. There's a Welsh Batman, an English Superman, and now an English Spider-Man. Fuck you, we can have Holmes for a while. And James Bond if we feel like it.
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5:45AM on 06/19/2012

Plot

Are you sure you have the right plot summary? I've seen this film four times, and I don't remember a Prince dying or any "suicide" that Holmes determines is in fact murder. This movie starts by introducing a series of bombings that Holmes recognizes as orchestrated by Moriarty, and a letter that he obtains that leads him to a gypsy and then on a game that takes Holmes and Watson outside of England. I don't know where you got your plot summary, but it wasn't from this movie.
Are you sure you have the right plot summary? I've seen this film four times, and I don't remember a Prince dying or any "suicide" that Holmes determines is in fact murder. This movie starts by introducing a series of bombings that Holmes recognizes as orchestrated by Moriarty, and a letter that he obtains that leads him to a gypsy and then on a game that takes Holmes and Watson outside of England. I don't know where you got your plot summary, but it wasn't from this movie.
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