Jason reviews Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
What I admire most about A Game of Shadows is that it doesn't just up the action and spectacle, but also the scenes of deduction and reasoning that are the Holmes trademark. Equally great is seeing Holmes match wits with his arch-rival, Prof. Moriarty. Played by Jared Harris, Moriarty is more than an equal for Holmes and Downy Jr. In fact, the film's most exciting scene is a chess match between the two. It's two great actors playing two great characters in a battle of wits.
As for the action, there's lots of it and it's all done well. This is not surprising given that it's a Hollywood blockbuster. I especially liked a chase through the woods punctuated by mortar fire. There's no need for Ritchie to shoot it as he does, but it sure as fuck looks cool!
This is a solid sequel and a nice continuation of the Holmes canon for a new audience. Downey Jr. and Law still have a nice chemistry and it was good to see Rachel McAdams return for a few scenes. The one weak link is the original Girl With the Terrible Titties, Noomi Rapace. She's a great actress given nothing to do here. Too bad.
It should come as no surprise that this gets a Good. I look forward to seeing it again. Bring on a third!