(ANALYSIS)Movie Review! – Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game Of Shadows

We all know sequels are tricky! How does such a successful film create another successful one? Do we need the same elements? The same cast? The same story? These are the questions that must have been asked when development of this film came about, was it successful? Let’s see!

Back in 2009 the first Sherlock Holmes arrived, which I found to be entertaining and thrilling at the same time. There was something try special about what that film had created for movie fans as well as fans of Sherlock Holmes. I was instantly hooked on what was created and Holmes definitely had a case to finish last time around. This time though, the stakes are raised much higher and Sherlock and Watson have more than their egos to save this time around.The formula or the film doesn’t change, which isn’t a problem as the film first time around allowed us to find our feet in Sherlock’s world. The film grabs what it knows works and uses it to it’s maximum potential. The film is especially thrilling and capturing throughout it’s 129 minutes; as the film roams from England to Paris to Switzerland, Sherlock’s an adventurer at heart!

However it is the plot that keeps the film feeling fresh and interesting, Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law both play bromance like never before; though at one point theres a hint of Brokeback Mountain in there. Both the actors play off each other brilliantly, especially throughout the banter the two characters have. The characters may be the same and in the same situations, but it doesn’t seem overused or boring; because of the intrigue and compelling nature of the the films main villain. Professor Moriarty who already has me filled with hatred for what he did to poor Rachel McAdams character early on in the film. The professor isn’t your average villain, he knows Holmes and his methods; a very clever man playing dangerous games with another very clever man. Fun. This character is ace at playing people and having games, no matter the price; which raises the bar for the film. It has to make sure that theres a big payoff, which isn’t necessarily paid to the audience.

 A handshake should be given to the films director Guy Richie for creating a sequel worthy of its name and predessor but also thanks to the brilliant action scenes that are featured in this film. One in particular stands out, the escape from Professor Moriarty and his many men with big guns. The use of slow motion provides a key tension that brings the audiences mouths to the floor, slow motion always makes things seem better; especially when you never know who’s going to survive to the next scene. Although Guy needs to make sure that he uses characters to their potential, which can’t be the case for newcomer Noomi Rapace; who is underused and barely there it seems. She also seems to eat in every scene she’s in. Characters are key to any film, which means more should of been done to develop her story throughout the film, it ends rather abruptly too. But it’s always about the new characters, someone and something that stands out is Stephen Fry and his character of Holmes’ brother; amusing yet not satisfying, it’s good that this film isn’t in 3D.

The films finale also creates something more than buzz for the film, not like before where we are standing on London bridge; but over a waterfall in snowy Switzerland. Key secrets and surprises are revealed and Holmes seems to solve another case, but it’s there where the story turns and creates something of a panic for the audience, though something that is swiftly cleaned up and fixed before the credits.

The fast paced sequel lives up to the first film and more, there are more thrills, more laughs, far more action sequences, more Holmes and Watson love and even more surprises than before, something which allows the audience to know that we are all in good hands when it comes to Sherlock Holmes and his many adventures. “Our relationship has not yet run its course,” Downey Jr. tells Law, let’s hope he is right.


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