Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

2 h 8 min2011X-RayPG-13
HD. Holmes and Watson match wits against devious arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty in this action-packed sequel.
Guy Ritchie
Robert Downey Jr.Jude LawNoomi Rapace
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Jared HarrisEddie Marsan
Joel SilverLionel WigramSusan DowneyDan Lin
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TheBlogittyShnoog©ReviewReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun, witty story but too much inappropriateness to make it family-friendly
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A fun watch: there's some unexpected depth and the characters are likeable. I'd watch it again. Our resident super sleuths & Holmes scholars were critical of how the intellectual prowess of the beloved book characters seemed reversed, but they still enjoyed the film, as such. It's a pity there are more than a couple moments where one must cover the children's eyes. Typical, but a shame. Unless you watch it with Vidangel ( because their program lets you decide which scenes you want in or out before you even press play. There are the questionable innuendoes, swearing, 300-style slow-mo fight scenes and some violence, but! There's also plenty of RD Jr. tomfoolery, intrigue, period costuming, good chemistry and banter among the main characters, outlandish plots, and moments of self-sacrifice, friendship, honor and happily- wedded fidelity that it would suit a wide swath of viewers. With Vidangel, it'd be fine for tweens on up.
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Coast DogReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Holmes and Watson ever
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Great picture! Here we have a Holmes who can make mistakes, but corrects them quickly, a Dr. Watson that is strong, capable, and a perfect partner for Holmes and a villain who is pure evil. There is comedy, drama, and great special effects. We may even dare to say we are delving into the realm of "Steampunk" as we see the Victorian era meet the modern era head on. A duel between British Bulldog revolvers and Mauser semi automatic pistols. I believe that this is the best Holmes and Watson ever. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie, it is great fun.
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Chris LReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
True to the original yet bursting with surprise
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As an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the entirety of this latest rendition of the "world's greatest detective." The cast selection was superb, each character chosen so efficaciously as to make it seem that the writings of Conan Doyle sluffed off their ink and paper facades and dawned the proper attire of flesh and blood, befitting of legends having been made to come to life. The storyline flowed as smoothly as if the director was in post mortem communication with Conan Doyle. And I was thrilled at the various quotes, directly extracted from the original books, and they were indeed some of the very best of quotes.

Entertaining, great camera work, superbly witty, over the top and yet somehow believable and onscreen chemistry between every performer without any gaudy sexuality or profanity! This was a movie par excellence and well worth the watch!
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A worthy Homes-Watson sequel by Guy Ritchie focusing upon revenge
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Director Guy Ritchie returned with his Sherlock Holmes sequel after the success of the first. Again it brought together Robert Downey Jr as the eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as his aide Dr. Watson. This one centered around Professor James Moriarty played by Jared Harris getting revenge for the first movie. It does a really good job showing not only the genius of Moriarty but his ruthlessness as well. At the start for example, he’s able to empty an entire restaurant and poison Holmes’ lover Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler. Holmes was already unhinged which was hinted at in one scene where his maid said he’d been staying up all night and eating coca leaves, the source of cocaine by the way. With the death of Adler however he nearly loses it and is intent upon finding Moriarty’s latest plot. On top of that Dr. Watson is going to leave him as well to get married. That sets up the plot.

Like the first Ritchie-Holmes film there’s some very stylized effects the director liked. One is the slow motion sequence to show things like what Holmes was planning on doing or what he had already done and was about to play out. Another is the multiple disguises that Holmes uses.

The best scenes are when Holmes and Moriarty meet. There is real tension between them yet they feel compelled to act like gentlemen and be polite. It’s only at the end when that charade falls away and they come to blows. Still it shows that these two men are serious about not only their rivalry but the desire for each to destroy the other.

While replaying a lot of the techniques from the first movie this one is still enjoyable.
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EinsatzReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
“It’s so overt it’s covert.”
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Annoying, to say the least. There are far too many visual gimmicks, duplicating the same gimmicks as the first film. (Slow-motion doesn’t improve a scene that’s typical of all action flicks.) As for the story, it takes the scenic route and twenty-five years to reach its destination. (I exaggerate, but that’s what it felt like.) This movie is too much of the same thing… Yes, it looks fancy, but it’s an empty bauble just the same.
KonreiReviewed in the United States on June 13, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Snow At Reichenbach Falls
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SHERLOCK HOLMES: GAME OF SHADOWS is the follow up to Robert Downey Jr.'s and Jude Law's very successful action-adventure SHERLOCK HOLMES. The entire cast is reassembled for GAME OF SHADOWS, including Kelly Reilly as Mary Watson and Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler.

GAME OF SHADOWS concerns the first showdown between Holmes and Professor Moriarity (Jared Harris), the brilliant but evil genius who is Holmes' nemesis. The year is 1891, and Europe is on edge due to a number of assassinations and bombings. Each nation is blaming the other, and it seems that World War I will break out 23 years early. Only Holmes realizes that Moriarity is behind it all, for reasons of his own.

Moriarity attempts to destroy Holmes by targeting Irene Adler and the Watsons. Fortunately, Holmes has new allies as well, including his older, smarter, even more eccentric brother Mycroft (Stephen Fry) and Madam Simsa Heron (Noomi Rapace) who leads a gang of revolutionaries once coopted by Moriarity but now fighting against him.

GAME OF SHADOWS outshines the initial film. The pacing is faster, the scriptwriting more crisp, the humor more incisive, the action less pyrotechnic. If the film has a relative weakness, it is in the female leads. Kelly Reilly and Noomi Rapace both give well-acted performances in inconsequential "pretty girl" roles. Rachel McAdams is wonderful, but her part in GAME OF SHADOWS is much abbreviated. This is really a men's buddy film nonpareil. Downey and Law, having given us the backstory of their characters in the original film, have incredible chemistry together as Holmes and Watson, and are able to explore in depth the complicated, sometimes ridiculous, often rivalrous relationship between the two men. All in all, it is great fun.

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CalderReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Robert Downey Jr. is impressive as Sherlock Holmes
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It is hard to believe the Robert Downey Jr. of the late 1990s is the same actor in the lead role of this film. He continues to impress me with his matured and diverse acting ability. The way he has turned both his life and career around are very admirable. I am not going to say much about this film, except you should see it if any of the following applies to you:

You like watching films starring either Robert Downey Jr. or Jude Law

You enjoy action movies, because this sequel is probably a bit more action oriented than the first film, though not in a bad way.

You are a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mysteries or the Sherlock Holmes character in general

You enjoyed Raiders of the Lost Ark, other films from that series, or that type of action/adventure

This is a very well made motion picture that just keeps rollicking along until its climax. It proves to be a lot of fun along the way and has a decent storyline. Jude Law and the other supporting actors and actresses do a fine job, but Robert Downey Jr. makes this film, in much the same way I thought he dominated the screen in the Iron Man films and the recent Avengers film.

I watched this on a home theater with a 60 inch screen and full digital surround, but it still would have been better served in the theater. I am usually not a fan of sequels, but I hope they continue producing this series and keep it fresh. The first two films have been well above what passes for the current Hollywood average. I am sure I speak for many admirers when I say I wish Robert Downey Jr. continued success and look forward to seeing some of his future work.
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BillSReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Better Than The First
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Students of history will enjoy the newest Sherlock Holmes installment. Not only are you taken back to late 19th century Europe, but it has a plot that involves the national tensions in Europe that lead to WWI. A more down to earth plot versus the secret society of the first in the series, I think that gives the movie a better footing, although Sherlock Holmes did have brushes in his novels with topics that touched on the paranormal or fringe. This movie has more laughs than the first. Downey Jr and Law's chemistry is better than in the first movie. IF there are any weak spots in the film, I think its the casting of Professor Moriarty. I think Gary Oldman would have been a much better choice or Ben Kingsley. Jared Harris comes across as a weak pick, Mark Strong did much better in the first of the series. I went into this movie jaded by the overall rating here and I was pleasantly surprised that I loved the movie.

My true wish was that release week on Blu-ray, that WB would have another BD Live cast event with Robert Downey Jr like the first movie did. Alas, instead it has something that is called "Maximum Movie Mode" where RDJr gives some background into the making and writing of the movie, the importance of certain scenes, why some scenes came out like they did and the historical background of things seen in the film. It also has B roll and stills at certain points.

I don't think that the the Maximum Movie Mode has the same impact as a BD Live screening, you really feel like you are a part of of a live, historic event because WB added it to the BD Live content so it can be experienced by those that missed it. Although, Maximum Movie Mode wraps several types of extras into one mode (commentary, B Roll and stills) while a live screening only has the commentary.

I am not sure that Maximum Movie Mode, a DVD and UV are worth the extra $10 at release. At least not to me. But I think the movie is great and if you look at the negative reviews, most are about a dislike of Ultraviolet vs the movie.
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