Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (2011)

GUY RITCHIE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures, Wigram Productions, Lin Pictures.  Screenplay by , , based on characters created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr reprise their roles in Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.

The crimefighting duo are back once again for some good, violently dirty fun, and this installment measures up in comedy and action with the wonderful original.  ‘s Watson is on the eve of marrying his beautiful bride  when ‘s incorrigible Holmes drags him once again into a bit of intrigue. It seems that there are bombs going off and people being killed all over Europe, and our heroes are the only ones who can do something about it because they know that Holmes’ arch-nemesis Moriarty (a deliciously evil ) is behind it all. To catch him, however, they will have to traipse about the continent with a clever and resourceful gypsy (, who is wonderful), deal with Holmes’ snooty older brother Mycroft (a droll ) and navigate a fair share of sticky situations before a great climax at a political summit in a mountaintop castle (apparently the same one where Bram Stoker’s Dracula once lived). The plot is a shambles, especially when compared to the last chapter, but it never seems to matter; director Guy Ritchie injects so much energy, style and wit into every scene that it carries you along quite easily without ever allowing you to observe its ragged narrative. Downey and Law still have terrific chemistry, hilariously making a sexless gay romance out of the most famous working relationship in all literature, while the technical effects make it a rich visual treat to back up its brainier delights.

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