Robert Downey Jr.
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.
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.