Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, as well as the returning Jude Law (Dr. Watson) is joined by Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris.
It’s directed by Guy Ritchie, who directed the first Holmes movie.
The game is definitely afoot this time around as Holmes faces off with Professor James Moriarty, played wonderfully by Jared Harris (Fringe, Mad Men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Harris has an insidious presence about him that is the perfect compliment to Holmes.
The physical skirmishes are wonderfully orchestrated, with or without Sherlock’s premonition of his fisticuffs previews.
Holmes is a bit more chatty than he was last time, if memory serves me right, and his eye for the minutia is as entertaining as always. (And he calls it his curse, to see everything.) Downey Jr. is on the top of his game in this role, yet again.
And this time around, we’re privy to his deductive powers while he’s having them.
Of course, Watson (Jude Law) seems to have mustered up on his deductive game a bit too, all while attempting to get married, and stay alive. Poor soul gets caught up in all of Holmes’ schemes and plottings!
Noomi Rapace is the beautiful and sultry (at times) gypsy fortune teller that Moriarty is in pursuit of and the game, is afoot!!! I liked her much better in this than in Prometheus as that ever-curious scientist.
There’s a great scene with some serious gun-play and the scene is intermittently slowed down to a crawl at moments to catch the details of the situation and I found myself rather enjoying the cinematography of the moment. (It was like a CSI moment, showing the details.)
This time around, it seemed that Holmes got the rough end of the deal. as he and his team got bloodied up pretty good!
And to find out that Holmes is not only up against the good Professor, but something else altogether. Of that, I will let you discover for yourself!
Holmes is definitely challenged and this is a great and fun movie.
Rent it or buy it, I do recommend Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. It’s a fun go at it for a few hours!
Oh, PS: I guarantee you that there will be a few moments that you will be rewinding to to see if you saw what you thought you saw. Indeed my good reader! Indeed.