Friday Flick: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Official Description: Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law returns as his friend and colleague, Dr. Watson, in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room… until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large – Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris) – and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may give him an advantage over the renowned detective. Around the globe, headlines break the news: a scandal takes down an Indian cotton tycoon; a Chinese opium trader dies of an apparent overdose; bombings in Strasbourg and Vienna; the death of an American steel magnate… No one sees the connective thread between these seemingly random events – no one, that is, except the great Sherlock Holmes, who has discerned a deliberate web of death and destruction. At its center sits a singularly sinister spider: Moriarty. Holmes’ investigation into Moriarty’s plot becomes more dangerous as it leads him and Watson out of London to France, Germany and finally Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead, and moving perilously close to completing his ominous plan. If he succeeds, it will not only bring him immense wealth and power but alter the course of history.

Unofficial Description: I have really enjoyed this ‘action hero’ interpretation of the Holmes character.  I think that’s entirely due to the casting.  Robert Downey Jr. is brilliant, as is Jude Law.  The dynamic between them is fantastic, which makes this film, and the first, a lot of fun to watch.  It also helps that there is a medium steampunkish feel to the flicks.  As a fan of the original Holmes stories, you can feel the flavor of the characters in these flicks, but that’s about it.  Nowhere near a ‘faithful’ adaptation, they are still fun to watch.  Highly recommend a double feature of the first and sequel.


1 Comment

  • Ashley R Pollard Posted June 18, 2013 6:54 am

    Haven’t yet bought the Blu ray to re-watch this, but enjoyed it at the cinema. What I will say is that the BBC contemporary Sherlock series is equally compelling, if not more so, as Benedict Cumberbatch makes Robert Downey Jrs performance look almost hammy by comparison (and I do mean only by comparison, RDJ is pretty awesome as Sherlock).

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