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July 17, 2016
Somehow even better than the first... which I liked immensely.
July 16, 2016
Extremely Disappointing

Originally Written December 29, 2011--

When Austria's crown prince is found dead, evidence seems to point to suicide. However, detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) deduces that the prince was murdered and that the crime is but a piece of a puzzle designed by an evil genius named Moriarty (Jared Harris). Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson (Jude Law), who are accompanied by a Gypsy (Noomi Rapace) whose life Holmes saved, chase Moriarty across Europe in the hope that they can thwart his plot before it can come to fruition.

I really liked the first film in this series starring Downey and Law, but this one was just extremely disappointing. It just didn't have the same spark that the first film did. It was certainly exciting and had a lot of cool action, but it just never went anywhere and seemed in the end to be a waste of time. Wait for Redbox on this one.
July 15, 2016
A very good movie with lots of action and humor. My only complaint is they tried to reuse stuff from the first movie that made that movie one of the best movies I've ever seen. Although...that slo-mo scene where they're running through the forest is awesome!!!
½ July 10, 2016
Not as good as the first blockbuster Sherlock Holmes with RDJ this finds itself getting convoluted with an odd cgi action scene in slow motion that doesn't seem to fit in. The idea of both Holmes and moriarty planning the fight in their heads is amusing but overall the sequel falls flat.
½ July 8, 2016
Not as good as the original but great performances from the cast carries the movie through.Its's as entertaining as the first one.Highly recommended.
June 29, 2016
The worst film I have seen in years. Unwatchable. Abandoned.
June 28, 2016
Much like its predecessor, this film has loads of fun action, a great cast (Robert Downey Jr. is superb again), an excellent story, and lots of well-timed humor.
June 8, 2016
I did not know Sherlock Holmes could be this bad ass without being ruined, Downey Jr. does the character justice. Him and Jude Law have great chemistry and make me laugh.
May 29, 2016
Not really my kinda thing! It was 'OK'.
½ May 28, 2016
Not the best of the two films but still a good film itself.
½ May 21, 2016
Not much mystery for Holmes.
May 15, 2016
Instantly forgotten.
April 12, 2016
Not as good as part 1 but that should in way disuade the viewer from giving this gem a try. Thanks in large part to the wonderful performances delivered by the big stars (kudos to Rachel McAdams for brilliantly holding her own when showcased with the Downey Jr/Law combo). The 3 of them really bring their tale of adventure/mystery to life.
The major knock on part 2 is that it doesn't have the suspense/tension created in part 1. But then again, it's not always fair to view/grade movies relative to their predecessors simply due to the fact that the bar was set so high in part 1.
March 27, 2016
This movie might not be as great as the first one, but still manages to keep your attention, by using some set-pieces, smartly thought scenes, but most importantly in the end.
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March 22, 2016
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows might feel like the same for some, but in my opinion I like this slightly more than the first film. It has the great performances, action and fun that made the first one so awesome.
March 19, 2016
Alku oli todella hyvä, loppupuolella meni tylsäksi. Ei ihan niin hyvä kuin aiemmin olen hehkuttanut, nyt puoli tähteä vähemmän. Sitä paitsi tyttären mukaan tässä oli kuin olikin kirjasta tuttuja juttuja.

Aiempi arvio:
Mahtava meininki (!!), vaikka perinteisen Sherlock Holmesin kanssa tällä oli aika vähän tekemistä. Sama linja jatkuu kuin ensimmäisessä leffassa, mutta ehkä vieläkin oli laitettu enemmän pökköä pesään. Sherlock on hassutteleva action-sankari mystiseltä 1800-luvulta. Juonella ei nyt niin väliä, ei tarvitse yrittää kuvata paksun kirjan monimutkaista juonta parin tunnin leffassa, vaan yrittää laittaa yhteen pötköön kaikkea mikä vaan näyttää hyvältä: 1800-luvun Lontoo (ah!), 1800-luvun Pariisi (ah!), akrobatiaa, ennustajaa, häitä, höyryjunaa, mustalaisleiriä, huutokauppaa, kiinalaista markkinatoria, oopperaa, salakäytäviä, matemaatiikkoneroja, saksalaista sotatannerta, pommeja, tanssiaisia, dramaattista shakinpeluuta, alppilinnoja, vesiputouksia.... ja lisukkeena kuivaa huumoria, brittiaksenttia, ihana Robert Downey Jr (ei Jude Lawssakaan mitään vikaa ole) ja tietysti myös upea Noomi Rapace hienossa roolissa. Täyttä tavaraa, viihdyttävä, upea kokonaisuus! Vaikka tässä varmasti käy kuten ensimmäisessäkin osassa - mitään ei muista jälkikäteen?
March 1, 2016
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?

Director Guy Ritchie's unique re-envisaging of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes has been a point of contestation for critics since its first 2009 instalment.

Cynically criticised for breaking the character down to match the fad of easily digestible style of oddball similar to that of TV's Dr. House from House, Sheldon Copper of Big Bang Theory, Patrick Jane of The Mentalist, and Dr. Cal Lightman from Lie to me. Holmes is more of an eccentric and socially inept character with only a shade of his former brilliance; I however, disagree.

Although this may not be as it ought to follow the original image, American Robert Downey Jr. makes it work, and well. Teamed with a strong and more commanding Dr. Watson (Jude Law); who sadly often is portrayed as the tag along buffoon; the two have a wonderful and compelling chemistry even if the story is left wanting.

After a series of anarchist bombings across Europe, consultant detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) follows the faint but distinct scent of a plot masterminded by his arch enemy Professor Moriarty (Jarred Harris).

Uncovering his plan to buy up the monopoly on weapons manufacturing companies, the ruthless Moriarty; aided by a group of rebels, plans to incite the already tittering Europe into war and make a profitable fortune.

Utilizing his unique powers of deduction, Holmes begins to unravel Moriarty's nefarious scheme after intercepting a letter left by his lady love Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) after her murder by the professor.

Following the clues to an underground gentlemen's club, Sherlock and his brother, Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) are in luck as it times perfectly with the hosting of his faithful confidants Dr. Watson's all but forgotten bachelor party.

Whilst Watson and Mycroft indulge in the frivolity, Holmes hunt leads him to the in-house novelty act, a Gypsy fortune teller Sim (Noomi Rapace) who mysteriously knows a lot more than she's willing to tell.

The night inevitably disintegrates into yet another chapter of Holmes' mishaps of violence and mayhem and the poor Watson barely makes it to his wedding on time or the train to his honeymoon in Brighton. Time with is new bride Mary (Kelly Reilly) is disturbed when bandits attack and a worrisomely disguised Holmes comes to their aid.

Holmes throws Mary from the train for her safety, but only so he is free to commandeer Watson for himself. Tracking the fleeing Sim across to the continent, they uncover her connection to Moriarty's plan and employ her help. However, Morirty's appears to always be one step ahead and if successful, will change the course of history. But Holmes can always find a way to exploit a perfect plan, even if it is his own.

With locations under the Eiffel tower, the sensational Paris Opera house and breathtaking wintery Swiss Alps; an element of gravity is added to the 1890's set as they act as a major character in their own right for the series.

The stylized slow-motion, pre-visualization of Holmes' upcoming fisticuffs is also back, aiding in not only seeing the action, but adds to the understanding of exactly just how precisely his mind works. This technique is applied to another scene where a monster automatic weapon known as Hansel demolishes a forest in moments leaving complete destruction in its wake, but sadly it doesn't really fit as the premise is previously implied to be specific to Holmes mind.

The Verdict: A wonderfully light jaunt into a classic cat and mouse tale, Unlike Mr. Holmes try not to look too far into it or you may be disappointed.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 13/01/2012
½ February 24, 2016
Like most sequels, "Game of Shadows" is a noticeable step down from the original. The action is a bit more clumsy this second time around, and there is clearly less care taken on fight choreography and story. The plot is harder to follow as character zip from Point A to Point B with very little time to breath in between. On the positive side, the duo of Downey Jr and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson continues to impress, and their bromance-like relationship is just as fresh as it was in the original 2009 film. Another strong factor is Jared Harris' Professor Morriarty who shows real brilliance and menace on screen. Though the movie as a whole failed to "wow" me, I am thankful for that chess game sequence towards the end of the film; up till now, there has been surprisingly few films that show both the evil mastermind engaged in an intellectual duel with the famed detective of 221 Baker Street. The chess sequence shows both masterminds at their pinnacles, demonstrating not only their their talents at chess, but how their brains are wired for the game even when neither are looking at the board. Thus, the film's theme is wonderfully illustrated here: life is a well-played, well-timed chess game, replete with intricacy and good/bad moves. This sequence in itself is worth the price of admission. However... I may not watch this movie again anytime soon because of one huge blunder: Noomi Rapace as the gypsy. I was downright offended how the script-writers conveniently killed off Kelly Reilly's Irene Adler (one of the highlight characters from the first film, a strong female character to boot,) and replaced her with the exact definition of "baggage." That gypsy had exactly one important scene early on, and then her role afterwards became reduced to, literally, looking scared while chewing food, leaving the fighting (and fun) to all the men. Booooo. I shall say it again: Booooo.
½ February 19, 2016
The cinematography was good. So are RDJ and Jude Law, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't getting drowsy at times.
February 12, 2016
In terms of action, adventure and cinematography it does step it up but the first one hit the balance so well that it's hard to step it up without leaning to one side of the scale. It's still a good time because of the bromance that is Lawney and also visually, it looks really good. But if you want something closer to the target in terms of a Sherlockian, Victorian London adventure you should check out the first
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