Reviews and Problems with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Sound & Vision Magazine
10 September 2012
Excerpt: The best scenes are the few where Holmes and Moriarty are sparring both physically and intellectually. Some lines of dialogue are lifted directly from The Final Problem, the Sherlock Holmes story in which an exasperated Sir Arthur Conan Doyle kills off his famous detective in a climactic battle with...
Excerpt: Sherlock Holmes is agitated. His best friend Watson is about to get married, and to make things worse, his arch-enemy Professor Moriarty is plotting another evil scheme that will put the world in great danger.
Excerpt: Game of Shadows closes on a chess game, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Professor Moriarty (James Harris) locked in a mental struggles over an ancillary game. The tight focus shows their intelligence, not their fists, a sequence punctuated by tension as stress levels rise.
Summary: This movie takes everything about the first and notches it up a few degrees. It’s definitely like putting an 11 dial on your amp. Of course, that’s not what Holmes purists were hoping to hear. Unfortunately, the detective has always been reinvented from era to era.
Summary: Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows is not a new classic by any stretch but it’s fun mainstream entertainment, the kind you don’t need to think about and that you can just sit back and enjoy for what it is.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Blu-ray Review)
16 June 2012
Conclusion: With this new Sherlock Holmes entry, it definitely moves into the blockbuster territory with all of the good and bad baggage that goes along with it. While the more international stage offers Holmes a breakneck adventure as he journeys from place to place, it also deprives the film of the fog...
Conclusion: If you liked Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes enough to want to spend more time in its world, then A Game of Shadows should be exactly what you're looking for. The design is similar and similarly satisfying, and no shortcoming is of any importance next to the movie's stylish and spirited fun.
Conclusion: Is the second better than the first? I'd rate them somewhere in the same ballpark. Maybe 'A Game of Shadows' is a tad better, simply because Holmes is now battling his famous nemesis instead of someone else. Downey's presence is really the reason to get this movie though.
Excerpt: You know, it must be really good to be Robert Downey Jr. Well…let me re-phrase that. It must be really good to be Robert Downey Jr. now . Fifteen years ago, that might be a different story. Unless you’ve been in a cave the last few years, you know that Downey Jr.