Jan 15, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011): C-

Setting aside a handful of pulse-raising set pieces, this sequel to 2009's raucous revamp of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle legend is the deflated yin to that film's energetic yang: excessively plotted, poorly characterized, thin as used sandpaper. Not unlike Iron Man 2 (although exceedingly more watchable), the effort to reproduce the spontaneity of the previous film's success imbues Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with a weary tone of overexertion, with so little worth investing in that one might find themselves forgetting about the whole endeavor even as they're still watching it. Robert Downey, Jr.'s schtick has gone from chic to borderline embarrassing, while Guy Ritchie's directorial suave bangs around the empty script like pennies in a pot. Somebody get these men a script worth shooting.


  1. Short and sweet review of the movie. I liked the first movie, but this one is just too action-oriented for my Sherlockian tastes :)


  2. Anonymous9:49 AM

    I really enjoyed this action packed film & the banter between RDJ & Jude Law was terrific. Even the smaller characters (ie Stanley the butler)caused a great deal of laughter in the cinema. I'm looking forward to no 3.