Warning before reading ahead: I haven’t ever read any of Sherlock Holmes books or seen the first movie of the enterprise!
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is the sequel to the 2009 flick “Sherlock Holmes” again directed by Guy Ritchie. Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson reprise their roles. The flick is inspired by Conan Doyle’s short story “The Final Problem.” So does the sequel work? Do the two of them do justice to their roles and to Holmes’s aura? Read on to know more.
Sherlock and Dr. Watson take on their nemesis Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) with the help of Holmes’s elder brother, Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) and a gypsy named Simza (Noomi Rapace). Sherlock investigates a series of unrelated murders and terrorist attacks and business deals which finally leads him to Moriarty. In between he comes across Simza whose brother Rene has been working for Moriarty. The rest of the flick deals with how the three tackle Moriarty and his forces so as to prevent Europe from falling into a deep abyss.
The story may not be really something to talk about. Some may also complain that many sequences are exaggerated, unimaginative and over the top. While the others would complain that its not exactly based on Sherlock’s detective work. But what the flick does is, keep everyone entertained throughout. There are enough dialogues and sequences to make people laugh and sit on the edge of their seats. At no time does the pace slacken and make you cringe at the proceedings.
Robert Downey Jr. carries the film on his bravura shoulders. His comic timing is fantastic so much so that you actually laugh not because he cracks jokes but he recites most of the funny lines with the simplest of expressions. Jude Law is competent enough as his sidekick. Jared Harris doesn’t really do justice to his role of the primary antagonist. Noomi Rapace as the sole female lead does a good enough job. Mycroft Holmes and the rest don’t get much scope.
As is his wont, Hans Zimmer does a pretty good job with the soundtrack.
All in all, for the entertainment it provides and for Robert Downey Jr, go for it. You won’t be disappointed.
Rating – 3.5/5