Well Warner Bros. is at it again this Holiday season. They seek to rake in the money with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows no matter how good or bad it is. I will tell you right up front that I wasn’t a big fan of the first Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes in 2009 and this one isn’t much different. Honestly, I was willing to give this one a shot just like the first one because of some of the actors. Plus I’ve liked the stories of Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Seriously, it’s Sherlock Holmes and Watson but unfortunately this one didn’t live up the original in 2009 nor to anything else Sherlock Holmes.
Obviously Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) is the smartest man in all the land. I mean hell it’s Sherlock Holmes and Watson (Jude Law). They are the best duo and nothing can beat them. Yeah, that was until the new and fresh mastermind Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) came into the picture. Supposedly Holmes was able to connect a string of bombings and such to Moriarty. When he thinks that he has everything down and he is able to stop the bombings he was dead wrong. It was the death of the Prince of Austria that he realized his match with Moriarty. When everyone said the death was suicide, Holmes realized that it was a murder. A murder that was a pawn to Moriarty. The web had began spinning once the death of the Prince took effect. That web you may ask? Moriarty wanted to change history. He wanted to make the French and the Germans hate each other while he provides the means for both sides.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows pretty much has the same cast list as the original did back in 2009. Obviously heading that up is Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. I have no issues with the cast. In fact, I believe that if it weren’t for the cast that this movie has, it would be even more worse than it already is. RDJ and Law do the best that they can do with what they are given. Even on that note, I still felt like the on screen relationship between the two of them was pretty poor. It didn’t help that the relationship between Watson and Holmes was thin to begin with (in this film at least). When it comes to others, we get very little from Rachel McAdams. Of course that isn’t necessarily her fault as much as the script’s fault. Also thrown into the mix is Noomi Rapace, the original ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘ actress, playing Madam Simza Heron. Jared Harris is playing the bad guy, Professor James Moriarty. I wasn’t impressed by either Rapace or Harris. They were both so-so.
Guy Ritchie has done it again. Not only did he ruin Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for me with the first movie he was able to do it for a second time. His directorial ways of adding the slow motion action to show Holmes’ power of perception gets old after the first 20 seconds. Yeah it is a unique way of proceeding with action but while trying to mix it in with other action sequences it gets old rather quickly. I mean it is one thing to see the action before it happens and then have it happen. However it is another thing to see the action before it happens and have another character interject with his action and then nothing comes of it.
In all honesty I went into Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with an open mind. I wasn’t basing this movie on the fact that I wasn’t impressed with the first one. There were things that I did like and there were things that I didn’t like (more of the didn’t like though). First off, I will say that RDJ and Law did what they could with the script. I applaud them for their acting (even though it still wasn’t great). Like I said earlier, they both did what they could. Second off, I’m not quite sure why they had to throw Dr. Watson’s wedding into the mix. I understand that it shows he is trying to settle down and get out of the game, but I felt like it was a waste because once they were done with those scenes it didn’t really matter. He was right back into the mix no matter what he felt after the wedding.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadow runs a whopping 2 hours and eight minutes long. I was bored for probably half of that. I was honestly hoping that it would end sooner rather than later. The only thing that kept me semi entertained was the explosions, which there seemed to be a lot more of in this sequel than the original. It was almost like, “Hey let’s get more explosions in this movie. Everyone loves explosions.” They probably could have cut 20 minutes off of it and it still would have felt slow.
Regardless, the sequel to Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Shadow of Games didn’t even live up to the first one. It didn’t have to do much since the first one was terrible, but somehow it still wasn’t capable of doing that. The humor seemed flat and the action was rather dull. However I will say that the very, very ending was way too good for this film. If you are looking for a movie to see around the holiday season, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is not the one to go see. Find something else, anything else.