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Robert Downey, Jr. reprises his role as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law returns as his friend and colleague, Dr. Watson, in director Guy Ritchie’s smash sequel that took the world box-office by storm. “Elementary, of course.”
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room...until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)—and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective.
When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder—a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction—all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.
Returning from the first film, the cast also includes Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler; Kelly Reilly as Watson’s bride, Mary Morstan, and Geraldine James as Holmes’ long-suffering landlady, Mrs. Hudson.
This is one game you’ll want to play over and over and over.
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Reviews Counted: 202
Rotten: It's complete trash and makes a mockery of Holmes's vaunted deductive reasoning.-Bruce Diones, New Yorker, January 16, 2012
Fresh: Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows does have one trick up its sleeve that makes it a worthy companion to its predecessor: the upgrading of the homo-erotic subtext to clear-as-day text.-Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, January 11, 2012
Fresh: Infinitely more watchable than its predecessor, with Downey, Law and, now, Fry all on top form. Yet McAdams is sorely missed.-Ed Gibbs, The Sun Herald, January 01, 2012
Rotten: Oh dear. Guy Ritchie has been bankrolled to pillage Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective once more, despite the raspberries from critics two years ago, and is as determined to present Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson as figments of his own imagination.-Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, December 20, 2011
Reviewer: Helen Review refers to DVD version
Robert Downey Jr. is in good form once again as Sherlock Holmes but he doesn't take much time away from jamming it up for us to ever take him serious. Even when we're supposed to think he wants revenge for the death of someone he cares for, Holmes is still up to mischief behavior. While the end is a bit rushed and doesn't make much sense.
Reviewer: Jim Review refers to DVD version
Just as good as the first one. Robert and Jude bring these characters to life. Story line follows the first film and is just as action packed with new and old faces brought together. A must see for the film lovers of a good ol' fashion mystery mayhem. A refreshing addition to the Sherlock films that both young and old can enjoy over and over. I must say I love this movie.
Reviewer: April Review refers to Blu-ray / DVD Combination version
The Blue Ray disk didn't work but the dvd did. I think this movie has to watched twice because you have to catch all the nuances or you miss something.
Reviewer: Rallsh Review refers to Blu-ray / DVD Combination version
I loved what Downey has done with this character! LOL fun! I have thoroughly enjoyed both films and hope more are coming. Sad to see McAdams go but enjoyed Rapace's role much!
Reviewer: Andie Review refers to DVD version