Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Guy Ritchie’s 2009 re-invention of Sherlock Holmes was an okay film, mainly because of the two lead roles were supremely cast. It was the combination of Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson along with Ritchie’s developing Holmes’ character into more of a brawler that may have been traditionally perceived that made the film enjoyable for me. The story itself was somewhat ho-hum.
Jump forward a few years and Ritchie has bought back his winning combination for the sequel A Game of Shadows (which I keep wanting to call A Game of Thrones) and in doing so manages to intensify the action and the brilliant chemistry between Holmes and Watson to the point that you feel that it must have been a blast for Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law to film this new chapter.
The plot is somewhat complex and at times becomes a bit much, but the action is relentless and Ritchie manages to firmly plant a smile on your face for most of the film’s duration, be it through the sheer audacity of Holmes’ behaviour, or the stunning set pieces or the running humour.
Fair warning though, if you’ve not seen the original or haven’t really been paying attention to my review; if you’re expecting a traditional, slow and methodical follow the clues type Holmes, you’ve come to the wrong place. This is definitely and action comedy where Holmes uses his fists as much as he does his powers of deduction.
Perfect for a great night in, with a big bowl of popcorn.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read