Robert Downey Jr. returns as the brilliant sleuth and Jude Law is back as Dr. Watson in this atmospheric sequel to 2009's Sherlock Holmes. Holmes resorts to occult theories and more to defeat the plans of his nemesis, the evil Professor Moriarty, the stakes can be no higher for all involved. This is the set up for an in-depth mystery with a side of kung fu action.
The Detective character is based on the Victorian folk hero Sherlock Holmes who remains a popular figure from England's Windsor Dynasty who ruled from the 17th to 20th centuries. He is wise not only in the ways of following leads in a case but in the politics behind the case itself. He recognizes and easily dissects the true motivations behind why he was chosen to investigate these matters and can see two steps down the road just as easily as he can hear an assassin's arrow flying through the air.
Ready yourself for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, as Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson are back to bring their latest adversary down, Professor Moriarty. He is being hailed as the fiercest of all the enemies the duo has faced until now. Director Guy Ritchie’s creation has reprised the masterful, iconic Detective Holmes, who is a fascination not only among the kids, but also resides in every person’s heart, irrespective of the age. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law (how can we ever forget their performance in the first part!) once again form an alliance to captivate us with another entertaining show. Jared Harris will be seen as the fearful Professor Moriarty. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows video will enthrall all those people, who are all in love with brilliantly-woven detective stories. To watch Robert smack his opponent down, not only with his intuition, but with his fighting skills as well, is simply pure fun.
The downfall of this film is its ridiculous use of CGI. No attempt was made to make any backgrounds or scenery look real, wide shots of the city are cringe inducing, and you can almost make out the individual pixels which comprise the explosions. When focused on the mystery and when the characters are discussing methods and possible perpetrators, the script is engaging and the film is at its best. However, when characters stop to talk about the past or their feelings, it usually takes a nose dive and makes you wait to just get those scenes out of the way.
Compared to its obvious cousins of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon , Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is way at the bottom of the list. The action sequences are not as eye-popping, the dialogue is stunted, and any hint of true emotion is as fake as the film's CGI. Stay away from Sherlock Holmes.