Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows 2011

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Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Starring:
Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
Runtime:
2 hours 3 minutes

Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime, Comedy
Director Guy Ritchie
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
Supporting actors Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry, Jared Harris, Kelly Reilly, Geraldine James, Eddie Marsan
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Potter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
There is a lot that might be said about Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, I'll try to keep it to a minimum. We are served everything we loved from the first movie with a lot more bolted on besides. There is a lot of humour and excellent touches that demonstrate Shadows was made by people who know what they're doing and having a lot of fun doing it. It is superbly stylised with enigmatic acting, if woefully wasting the very talented female leads. It takes the plot beyond Sherlock's usual remit, galloping across Europe with assassinations, hand to hand combat and explosions usually reserved for Bond or Bourne. Come the end the pace has been so fast you might feel a little dizzy with several quite puzzling but pertinent questions on the tip of your tongue, which matter little because we have been so wonderfully entertained.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
Over the years the character of Sherlock Holmes has been translated onto screen in a variety of ways - true to Conan Doyle's original (Jeremy Brett), as a comic figure (Michael Caine), as a propaganda instrument (Basil Rathbone) and by a host of others in ways too numerous to mention here. But of all of them, this has to be the most fun.

Guy Ritchie's vision of the Holmes legend manages to get a few names, the odd line and occasional detail from the books, but most of the character of Holmes has been reinvented into Robert Downey Jr's very knowing hero. Watson is transformed into much more of a man of action in one of Jude Law's better performances, and it is good to see the Doctor portrayed as a dependable intelligent man capable of his own thought and action, rather than the blind bumbling fool he is often seen as. There is also a fun cameo for Stephen Fry as Mycroft (the interplay between Holmes and Mycroft seems to give a wink to the execrable Peter Cook/Dudley Moore spoof, if Ritchie watched that film as part of his research then I tip my hat to him for his diligence and willingness to suffer for his art!). Ritchie's directorial vision of a Victorian London just starting to enter the modern age, especially with the pictures of the construction of great monuments and buildings we all take for granted today, is definitely refreshing.

With an almost steam punk atmosphere to his vision of Europe, Ritchie weaves a tale around Holmes' struggle against the machinations of a certain Prof. Moriarty, of infamous memory. Moriarty, played with a gleeful evilness by Jared Harris is an opponent worthy of Holmes, and the final face off between the two is very well realised.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Holmes on 21 May 2012
Format: DVD
I never thought Robert Downey Jnr could surpass the great British actors who have played the part. To my total surprise the first Guy Ritchie adaptation was superb. A Game of Shadows has taken his vision further, much to my delight! A must see, and then watch again, and again.What a great sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AJSPortsmouth on 17 May 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The movie I saw in the cinema and enjoyed - wanted to buy a Triple Play which is usually Blu-ray DVD and a Digital Copy from iTunes - This was not stated in the title on amazon but the digital copy is in fact an ULTRAVIOLET digital copy and will not play in iTunes will also not play for me on my Mac and I am sending tonnes of e-mails answering lots of stupid questions and still have no working digital copy for my other devices both Apple and non apple! - Were it an iTunes download it would be playable and streamable to all my devices - Ultraviolet does not work for me and amazon should have made it clear it was an Ultraviolet copy - I would have just bought the DVD then!!
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)[Region Free]
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68 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Rob Payne on 16 Dec 2011
Format: Blu-ray
In 2009s Sherlock Holmes, director Guy Richie took Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian sleuth and completely re-invented him as an action hero for a modern audience, shocking purists the world over. There were fist fights, endless banter with his faithful compatriot Dr. Watson and silly disguises galore. I liked it immediately. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows goes one step further, taking the same formula from the first film and cranking up the volume, pace and budget.

This is certainly not the Holmes we know from Conan Doyle's classic stories. There are similarities of course; his brilliant mind, his keen skills of observation, his arrogance and his experimentation with various substances that Conan Doyle's books allude to. But Conan Doyle's Holmes would never have been pursued by soldiers through a German forest while being shelled with mortar fire. I for one am glad for this `re-imagining'. We've seen plenty of Sherlock Holmes TV adaptations in the past (the best being the BBC's current adaptation, the excellent `Sherlock'), but this is a very different animal, an actioner with a huge sense of fun and adventure, not intended to be true to Conan Doyle's books in any way. The two films together represent what is surely by far and away the best spell in Richie's career as a film director.

The plot, some elements of which are drawn (so very loosely) from `The Final Problem', is almost inconsequential to the enjoyment of the film, but involves a scheme by Holmes' arch nemesis Professor Moriarty to start a war in Europe with a campaign of murders and bombings in France and Germany, his motive being profit from his investment in a huge factory developing new artillery and munitions.
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