Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Though others may try, there is no greater, fictional, detective than Sherlock Holmes. Originally created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes has gone on to be the star of many adaptations, including Guy Richie’s extremely successful 2009 film. On the 16th of December, a sequel, also directed by Guy Richie, will hit cinemas, but will it be able to live up the high expectations of the excited fans?
The story picks up were the first one left off. Holmes, played by Robert Downey Jr., is hot on the trail of Professor Moriarty, played by Jared Harris. The film starts off with a, much too short, cameo appearance from Rachel McAdams who plays the infamous Irene Adler. In her place, as this film’s female character, is Sim, a fortune teller played by Swedish actress Noomi Rapace. This is Rapace’s first English speaking role, but she did a great job and Stephen Fry also appears in the film as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft.
I really enjoyed it, I went in with high expectations and they were exceeded. One thing I would say though is that I wasn’t expecting Moriarty’s face to be revealed so soon. They went through so much trouble to hide it in the first movie that it seems odd them showing it not only early in the film, but also in the trailer. Though it did lead to some interesting scenes between Holmes and Moriarty, I couldn’t help thinking that Moriarty had plenty of opportunities to kill Sherlock. However, I’m glad he didn’t make use of these opportunities as the rest of the adventure is an interesting ride full of twists and turns that recall earlier parts of the film that you didn’t think were important, which is one of my favourite things about these movies.
If, like me, you lack the observation skills that Holmes has, don’t worry as the plot is very clear and at the end of the film you’ll understand it all. If not, well you can Google it later and the scenery alone is enough to keep you occupied in the unlikely event that you get completely lost. I don’t know how they did it, but it really looks and feels like the late 1800s, which is important because if the look’s off then it’s harder to get engrossed in the world that they’ve made.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, or Sherlock Holmes 2, is a fantastic movie that, in my eyes, surpasses to original and maybe even steals the trophy of film of the year.
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