Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Action Packed Battle of Wits
Release Date: December 16, 2011
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law,
Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris,
Rachel McAdams, Stephen Fry,
Kelly Reilly, Paul Anderson
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 129 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures/Time
Director: Guy Ritchie
Executive Producer: Bruce Berman, Steve Clark-Hall
Producer: Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram,
Susan Downey, Dan Lin
Writer: Michael Mulroney, Kieran
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Set in 1891 in Victorian England, the movie opens with Sherlock saving the one woman he may love, Irene Adler, from a bomb planted by her current employer, the evil Professor Moriarty. Sherlock suspects Moriarty is involved in some anarchist bombings, the deaths of a steel magnate and a Chinese opium trader, and a scandal involving an Indian cotton tycoon.
Sherlock’s investigation leads to a beautiful gypsy woman whose brother has disappeared. Fearing Sherlock’s getting too close for comfort, Moriarty asks for a meeting with Sherlock. During the tense meeting, Sherlock refuses to stop his investigation. Then, Moriarty coldly threatens the lives of Sherlock’s friend Dr. Watson and his bride, Mary, who are just boarding a train for their honeymoon.
Sherlock springs into action. Wearing a disguise, he sneaks aboard the train. An intense battle ensues between the good guys and the men Moriarty has sent to kill Watson and Mary. Sherlock throws Mary off the train and out of harm’s way into a river, where his brother, Mycroft, waits in a boat. Meanwhile, Holmes and Watson follow clues about Moriarty’s plans to France, Germany, and finally Switzerland. Moriarty, however, always seems one step ahead in completing his plan, which will bring him immense wealth and power, and lead to world war.
A GAME OF SHADOWS is an intense, highly enjoyable battle of wits between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. The script is better constructed than the first SHERLOCK HOLMES, with Robert Downey, Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson making an even more enjoyable team. That said, the movie could be a little shorter, despite a great conclusion. Holmes overtly opposes the evil of Moriarty, whom he calls a narcissistic, heartless psychopath. There’s plenty of thrilling action between them and with Moriarty’s henchmen, including the ruthless Col. Moran. Everything leads to an exciting finish that should please even Sherlock Holmes purists and anyone familiar with the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories about Professor Moriarty and his henchman, Col. Moran.
Some of the action in GAME OF SHADOWS is too intense for children and other sensitive people. It includes Moriarty wounding Sherlock Holmes and torturing him while Holmes dangles on a hook stuck in his shoulder. Rest assured, however, that Holmes has the last laugh.
In addition to the intense, sometimes slightly bloody action, A GAME OF SHADOWS contains some brief foul language and a couple double entendres. There’s also a reference to smoking opium and a scene where Holmes drinks embalming fluid or formaldehyde. In addition, a male nude scene is played for comic effect, though nothing very explicit is shown. Finally, while Holmes is occupied in interrogating the gypsy woman and defending her life against a couple of Moriarty’s henchmen upstairs at a raucous saloon, a drunken Watson gambles and celebrates his bachelor party downstairs. Two women clad in fancy old-fashioned underwear swing on two fancy swings for the enjoyment of the men in the saloon.
All in all, the new SHERLOCK HOLMES movie is a fun entertainment where good conquers evil, but caution is advised for children under 13 or 14.
A GAME OF SHADOWS provides almost non-stop action. It’s a highly enjoyable battle of wits between Holmes and Professor Moriarty. The script is better constructed than the first movie. Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law make an even more entertaining team as Holmes and Watson. All in all, the new SHERLOCK HOLMES movie is a fun entertainment where good conquers evil, but caution is advised for children under 13 or 14 for some intense action and brief suggestive content.