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Film Reviews: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). Directed by Guy Ritchie. The film starts with an accomplice of Moriarty, Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), delivering payment to a Dr. Hoffmanstahl. Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) intercepts them before the package is opened, and it is revealed to be a bomb. A secondary trigger is activated on the bomb, and Holmes disposes of it allowing Adler and Hoffmanstahl to escape. He then finds Hoffmanstahl killed, and when expecting to meet up with Adler finds her also poisoned by Moriarty, as revenge for her love for Holmes. It didn't help that I haven't watched the first film, which this follows on from (technically I did see the beginning of the first film, but then fell asleep - I was very tired at the time. I may have even done this twice). But after the slightly confusing opening few minutes the film settles into a clearer story of political intrigue, with Holmes pitched against Moriarty. The pacing was reasonable, but I found the story a little dull. The saving grace was Robert Downey Jr., who is fantastic as Holmes. Jude Law is surprisingly well cast as the second fiddle, and Noomi Rapace was fairly average as the third. Stephen Fry seems out of place and oddly cast as Holmes' brother. Jared Harris also seems poorly cast and/or directed as a rather ineffectual Moriarty. As an action piece with Downey's antics it was passable. Those who like their period action films should enjoy. 3/5 (Average)
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