Monday, January 2, 2012

It's the RDJ Double Feature: Part 2 - Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Being a fan of Sherlock Holmes (the character) I've enjoyed most of the movies and TV shows featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation. That said, Guy Ritchie (the director of the latest films) and I have had an up and down relationship. I loved Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch - and then he decided to marry the wicked witch Madonna and made Swept Away, which I refused to watch based on every review on the planet (it has a whopping 3.4 rating on IMDB). As of late he's redeemed himself with the Sherlock Holmes movies. Hopefully he keeps it up, but enough about him...

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows pits Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law) against Professor Moriarty played by the brilliant Jared Harris, most recently of Mad Men fame. Coming along for the ride is Rachel McAdams (resuming her role), Noomi Rapace (from the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Stephen Fry playing Sherlock's brother Mycroft. While all the performances are solid, I wish the story would have allowed more character development, particularly for Moriarty. As one of the greatest characters from the Holmes mythos, the character comes across as one dimensional, though Mr. Harris does the best with what he was given, and comes across very believable.

The Good
  • It's a really fun movie - very fast paced and you don't have a chance to get bored
  • The interaction between Holmes and Watson - its very entertaining

The Bad
  • The fast paced nature of the movie makes it hard to follow at points
  • The cockiness of Holmes gets old after a while
Don't look for it to win any awards - but if you are looking to spend a couple hours being entertained definitely check it out. I give the movie a 6.5/10

Also if you are looking for more Sherlock Holmes greatness, I highly suggest checking out the BBC's adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. There are three 90 minute episodes out now, with three more coming this year. See the second trailer below.


  1. I took one of my video production classes to see it and I didn't find it nearly as enjoyable as the first film. Like you said, the plot was a bit convoluted and hard to follow and the viewer was left to simply trust that Sherlock knew what was going on. I liked the novelty of the first film and though it was very clever and well done. This one felt like a rehash of the first and relied too often on sight gags more than content. 6/10

  2. Agreed on the rehash, but putting both movies next to each other - I prefer the 2nd over the 1st.