Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Blu-ray Single)
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.]]>
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You like watching films starring either Robert Downey Jr. or Jude Law
You enjoy action movies, because this sequel is probably a bit more action oriented than the first film, though not in a bad way.
You are a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mysteries or the Sherlock Holmes character in general
You enjoyed Raiders of the Lost Ark, other films from that series, or that type of action/adventure
This is a very well made motion picture that just keeps rollicking along until its climax. It proves to be a lot of fun along the way and has a decent storyline. Jude Law and the other supporting actors and actresses do a fine job, but Robert Downey Jr. makes this film, in much the same way I thought he dominated the screen in the Iron Man films and the recent Avengers film.
I watched this on a home theater with a 60 inch screen and full digital surround, but it still would have been better served in the theater. I am usually not a fan of sequels, but I hope they continue producing this series and keep it fresh. The first two films have been well above what passes for the current Hollywood average. I am sure I speak for many admirers when I say I wish Robert Downey Jr. continued success and look forward to seeing some of his future work.
These things being said, the movie is remarkably plotted, taking a new angle on the "Final Problem" of the original written account. Downey and Law work very well together and the supporting cast is excellent. This movie follows the first in visual effects of the dirt of London street life, the peculiar Zimmer music hinting at Bohemian melodies, and conveys a sense of class in scenes from Mozart's Don Giovanni drama (imitating Amadeus?) with the exact scene of King Leopold and subsequent dragging down to hell. Another scene seems to be stolen straight from "A Beautiful Mind" where Watson's former room has been converted into a "conspiracy map", similar to the garage scene in the Russel Crowe movie.
There are several curiousities in this work, one of which is the use of an 1889 Oswald Wirth Tarot Deck by Holmes when he consults a gypsy, and camoflauge techniques by Holmes that in the beginning are a reminder of "Robin and Marian" with apologies to Sean Connery. We are given a hint of the Diplomacy era prior to World War 1 (The Fall of Eagles?) The Arms of Krupp? As Holmes races across Europe trying to figure out the plan of the Evil mastermind. The result is a final encounter at a new and fashionable castle overlooking "Reichenbach Falls". A Chess match (late 1800s style pieces) between Holmes and the Professor transfers to a mental game and the end is , well if you had read the original work you know the ending!
There are a few interesting Bonus materials included! Nicely done overall.