Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was launched on the big screen last December 16th 2011. A Game of Shadows is a sequel to the first installment of Sherlock Holmes that features Robert Downey Jr. who plays Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson in this mystery film. The story of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows revolves around Holmes pursuit of the cunning Moriarty who is proving to be an intellectual equal of the renowned detective. So how did audiences receive this new installation of Sherlock Holmes?
Here are some reviews from top critics of the movie world:
“Downey and Law remain this presumptive franchise’s draw. Each brings renewed focus to their characters’ singular friendship. Law delivers the notes of Watson’s concern and, yes, frustration. Downey nails Holmes’ genius for observation but also his voracious hunger for a trustworthy audience in Watson.”
You can read the full article at Denver Post
Another critic that commends the movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows is Tim Martain and here is what he has to say:
“SHERLOCK Holmes: A Game of Shadows has a mellower tone than the first movie in 2009, but this sequel has lost none of its spark and has gained just a little bit of sophistication
As with the first film, it is the banter between Holmes and Watson that really makes the movie.
Director Guy Ritchie has maintained that married-couple bickering and teasing that made them such a joy to watch the first time, a pair of classically mismatched individuals who would be useless without one another.
Downey Jr’s interpretation of the famous sleuth is magnificent, building on the unconventional larrikin image of the first movie and turning Holmes into something even more textured here.”
You can find more about Tim Martain’s opinion at The Mercury.
Despite the great reviews from a lot of critics, there are still some who found the movie to be a bit dragging. Here is what Peter Travers has to say about the movie:
“Director Guy Ritchie has done it again. In an act of criminal negligence, he’s wasted Robert Downey Jr. – an actor with the perfect verbal dexterity to play Sherlock Holmes – in a sequel that eliminates smarts in favor relentless headbanging. 2009′s Sherlock Holmes was lousy, but it was also a big hit. So the sequel, A Game of Shadows, is more of the stupid same. It wouldn’t matter so much if Downey and Jude Law, as the bromantic Dr. Watson, didn’t look so ready to turn on the cerebral dazzle.
Instead, Ritchie treats them like action goons out of his Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels basement. On the plus side, the great Jared Harris takes his sweet, quiet time with the devil inside Professor Moriarty, who wants to start a war to make his name in the weapons business. And Noomi Rapace, who played the Goth heroine in the Swedish film version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, gives her gypsy character genuine soul. But the grace notes are soon drowned out by Ritchie’s incessant need to obliterate thought and feeling.”
Read more about this review at Rolling Stones
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