A Game of Shadows
Sherlock Holmes 2
Review by Ross Anthony

This isn't the Sherlock I remember. But then again, all I remember is the Sherlock of some old black and white. I'd assumed this modern Warner Brothers version had taken some liberties to update the character and stories with more action and brute. But, some quick research revealed that Sherlock was originally written with a background as a boxer and even martial artist. Who knew? Rather, who could recall?

My buddy astutely noticed that Robert Downy, Jr. never once quipped "Elementary, my dear Watson!" To my surprise, Wikipedia informs that this phrase is used nowhere in the original books as well.

Though, essentially a well paced action film, the London detective's swift powers of logic and deduction (induction?) are included, but completely without pomp and very little time for thinking. In fact, scenes in which Holmes deduces feel more like seeing the future. The quick image edits and Zen-like envisioning are a lot of fun and undoubtedly far more agreeable for modern audiences.

While lacking depth and a take home theme, Sherlock Holmes II is light, fun, and packed with cinematic action. It's not likely to hang around long in your memory, but it's 100% entertaining while you're watching it. Excellent art direction and costuming, by the way.

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  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Copyright © 2011.
  • Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Eddie Marsan, Rachel McAdams. Directed by Guy Ritchie.Written by Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney. Warner Bros.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)


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