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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

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Guy Ritchie
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
Supporting actors Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Paul Anderson, Kelly Reilly, Geraldine James, Eddie Marsan, William Houston, Wolf Kahler, Iain Mitchell, Jack Laskey, Patricia Slater, Karima McAdams, Richard Cunningham, Marcus Shakesheff, Mark Sheals, George Taylor
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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Watched this last night and although I enjoyed it and it is in no way a bad film, I found that Guy has this time gone all out with the special effects, photography and action but forgotten one fairly important ingredient - a good story!! The plot was very thin and only served as a backing for the action. I also found the slo-mo a bit tiresome after a while, even though it was well done. Still prefer the first movie and hope that if he does a third one he cuts out some of the flashy photography and brings back a bit more in the way of a story. Enjoyable but could have been so much better IMHO.
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I managed 10 minutes of this film I found it ridiculous. If your a fan of Jeremy Brett and his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes avoid this. The first few minutes of this has Sherlock Holmes walking through a market wearing an obvious disguise following a woman carrying a package and she leads him into a trap where he then sees off 4 men no less without any effort he then detonated a bomb in a auction again not a scratch. When Dr Watson visits he is greeted in the hallway with a forest covered area and even animals living in this greenery and Sherlock Holmes shooting arrows at him but the end of this for me was a dog lying on the floor And Watson asking Holmes how many times he was going to kill his dog and Holmes then injecting the dog with something and the dog immediately started running around enough is enough. I cannot understand how this atrocity gets any stars
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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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Format: DVD
One of the reviewers here claims Guy Ritchie (director) 'reinvents the Sherlock Holmes genre' here. I say this has more in common with Chinese Kung Fu style slow motion films than anything. It actually has less style. It is a Sherlock Holmes not on 7% morphine solution but clearly sniffing lines of cocaine in between takes. I felt it myself after ten minutes, and never has the more traditional approach of Jeremy Brett looked better - and safer for the prospects of my long term sanity. I've just finished it now - I shan't bother with it again. Such a pity as I am such a fan of all the cast members involved.

Be warned: If you are not of the video game generation and prefer your Sherlock Holmes thoughful and eccentric this is NOT for you!
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Personally, I thought this was much better than the first! Again, though, Downey Jr. was amazing. It's good to see an American do a fairly decent British accent, probably because he doesn't overdo it. The plot is brilliant and it's tremendously directed by Guy Ritchie. It's something the whole family can enjoy! The story revolves around the investigation of a string of murders across Europe which Sherlock tries to link to Moriarty. A battle of wits between Sherlock and Moriarty is then played out. Lastly, a quick word about Stephen Fry, he was perfect for this role and it's about time he got something like this.
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