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Sherlock Holmes A Game Of Shadows Film Review
A Game Of Shadows
Directed by Guy Ritchie
Released in 2011
In this second film, we are re-introduced to Guy Ritchie's imagining of Arthur Conan Doyle's creation and his greatest nemesis Professor James Moriarty. Ritchie along with Downey Jr and Jude Law have created a more modern version of the characters to which today's audience can relate to better. And to my mind the elevation of Watson's ability to at least attempt to compete with Holmes' intellect gives you the feeling that the pair could actually work together in real life.
The story takes us across Europe as Holmes and Watson try to reveal Moriarty as a man intent on becoming extremely wealthy by bringing war to the world.
Noomi Rapace plays a gypsy who Holmes believes to be integral to understanding a large part of Moriarty's plan. After being introduced to us brilliantly in 'Girl With A Dragon Tattoo' Rapace again doesn't get the opportunity to smile in this film, perhaps she will in her next? For me, the introduction of Stephen Fry as Sherlock's brother, Myroft, is a brilliant coup! Who else could play the part of the man who has any chance, apart from Moriarty, of outwitting Holmes? And we also get to see Fry in the buff, which is strange, but I'm sure it will get a few giggles if you're that way inclined!
There are loads of great lines in the film, but 'dangerous at both ends and crafty in the middle', Holmes' description of a horse, was my favourite.
A credible sequel to the brilliant first film and I'm sure not the last we will see of Holmes and Watson under Guy Ritchie's guidance!