Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

The film follows Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson as they try to prove to the world that James Moriarty is an evil genius. Expanding their adventures from London, to Paris, to Germany and a climatic ending in the Swiss Alps.

This sequel is by far superior to the first film, but it isn’t necessarily better. Both Sherlock Holmes films are superb and complete genius. The only thing that makes this one more interesting is Moriarty. For those who have read the books you will surely know that Moriaty is the Joker to Sherlock Holmes’s Batman, the Empire to Sherlock Holme’s Rebellion and by far a worthy advisory for Sherlock Holmes.

So already the storyline is more intriguing than the first. With Jared Harris being a great Moriatry compared to Mark Strong’s Villian in the first film.

The film its self is made wonderfully, with a visually stunning scene in the woods and a certain dark meat hook scene that is unexpectedly reminiscent to Reservoir Dogs and an even more unexpected cameo from Stephen Fry. Fry brings the tension of the film down by being the (actually quite hilarious) comic relief. But as funny as he was, casting Stephen Fry as Robert Downey Jr’s brother could cause some rif raf.

Obviously the hilarious chemistry that R.D.J. and Jude Law shared in the first one, shines in the sequel. Making them seem more like an old married couple at times than an investigative duo. Another few touches that made this film so good was all the actors from the first one reprise their roles in this one, even if it is only for a few minutes or so. Also, Fans of the first ones soundtrack will love how awesome the soundtrack is on this one. At times its like someone is having an extatic time with a violin = AMAZING!

The other thing that bugged after recently rewashing it is that a lot of what happens doesn’t happen due to Sherlock’s skill but more due to sheer luck. Very little of his brains are used in the end.


This film is equal to the first. So I look forward to watching them both back to back. This film is highly enjoyable with Robert Downey Jnr, Jude Law and Guy Ritchie all being on fine form, however Noomi Rapace is incredibly underused and almost unnoticeable. This film is by no means bigger, better, funnier, even if it tries to be. Instead it is just the first one with a better villain.

Best line in the film: “It’s so overt it’s covert”- Robert Downey Jr


3 thoughts on “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

  1. Although all of the freshness that was part of the first one is somewhat over-used, the flick is still a lot of fun with Downey Jr., Harris, and Law breathing life into each of their own characters. However, I was kind of disappointed by Noomi Rapace’s role as she just simply stands there and really doesn’t do anything. Regardless though, good review. Check mine out when you can.

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