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Prinz Lee wrote this review 4 years and 11 months ago

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Having spoken to a few people after screening “Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows,” there was a pretty common question: “Was it better than the first?” Come on, people…NOTHING’s ever better than the first. Sequels usually tend to either fall flat on their faces, or just serve to a level of “Eh.” However, I can’t hate on Guy Ritchie’s latest. For starters, it stars one of Hollywood’s top stars in Robert Downey, Jr. (The current face of two major franchises), alongside Jude Law, whose relaxed-like attitude works for him no matter what role he’s hashing out!

Getting right to the point as they pop up on screen, the duo’s story-line and great chemistry not only continues right where it left off, but much to this film’s credit…the stakes are raised once psyche’s pushed to an equal level due to schematic brilliance.

We all know Sherlock Holmes has forever been the brightest of them all... until now. There is a new bad-ass mastermind out in the open—Professor Moriarty (Jarred Harris)—and not only is he Holmes' intellectual equal, but his capabilities for evil, teamed with a complete lack of conscience, zero remorse, and the darkest of hearts may actually give him an advantage over the most astute of all detectives.

Holmes starts looking into Moriarty's plot, and it turns out to become more dangerous as it leads him and Watson out of London and taking a journey across Europe, into France, Germany and finally to Switzerland. But the cunning and cuntng Moriarty is always one step ahead of this franchise’s dynamic duo as he spins a web of death and destruction—all in part of a greater plan that pertains to none-the-less what every evildoer intends…WORLD DOMINATION, Folks!

Not even 10 minutes into this action-packed, fantasy, piece of cinema and it dawned on me how much I KNEW I’d wind up enjoying it! Why? Because, for pure entertainment and fun, with a pretty damn cool underrated hero (I think), alongside awesome direction and supporters, this is most definitely one of Richie’s best pieces.

A cool aspect to this film is the stylized world which Ritchie presents to capture a certain era. Its got it all…Irish tunes, uppity English types and unique fight sequences which slows up gravity—adding an awesome feel, considering it’s the 19th Century—making the era seem a lot cooler than most of us can think of...Think of what James Bond may look like if they ever thought of changing up the franchise!

A major backbone and carrier for this film is the villain! This guy keeps the cycle of intrigue going and going. Having cast Harris was brilliant. The edginess, style, mannerisms, and even ways of verbally expressing himself places this freakin guy as one of the best villains I’ve ever seen since Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds.” Being the bad-guy (or girl) entails major acting-based dedication to come off cold and heartless... Not easy! (Harris has an obsession for bombs, detonating them everywhere and anywhere, raising the level of terror by chunks.)

Helping place missing pieces to Harris’ puzzle of misbehavior, is sizzling, hot, Noomi Rapace, who plays a Psychic by the name of Madam Simza. Here’s a woman who played pretty well next to Downey, Jr. and came off pretty interesting, as her character wasn’t simply peripheral. She added an element of interest, both visually and intellectually.

With an interesting cast, a pretty well-groomed story and the magic of movie making, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” is a film which starts off presenting one idea, but ventures off into another.... For what it’s worth, this is a sequel I totally approve of and wouldn't mind catching again at some point in the future…

 

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