Thrilling and appealing

In the thick of action: Noomi Rapace, Downey Jr and Jude LawSherlock Holmes: A game of shadows
English (U/A)
Cast: Robert Downey Jr,
Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris
Director: Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes returns to the screen again in ‘A Game of Shadows’ with trusted sidekick Dr Watson. The sequel boasts of more special effects while cinematography matches the work in the first film.

The occasional funny dialogues and the master detective’s credible disguises enhance the pleasure in this thriller.

The first half of the film is intricately woven—all the characters pitching in to add to the suspense quotient. After interval, the plot unravels, oh so slowly.

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) and his confidant Dr John Watson (Jude Law) portray an alluring onscreen chemistry. The latter even abandons his wife on his honeymoon to join Sherlock in his case. Yet, the chemistry goes overboard in two scenes—when the two perform a ballroom dance and in a scene where Holmes invites Watson to come lie down with him on the floor of the train.

Jared Harris as Professor Moriarty, Holmes’nemesis, can take a bow as the intelligent and worthy opponent of the master detective. But sadly, none of the female characters in the movie has a prominent role. Noomi Rapace plays the good gypsy girl who helps Holmes and Watson in the case. Kelly Reilly, as Mrs Watson and Rachel McAdams in the role of Irene Adler, the romantic interest for Holmes could have truly been done without.

Much attention has been given to create the correct backdrop – the sets and costumes are magnificent and take you back to the Europe of the Victorian era. Hans Zimmer’s background score deserves praise.

“Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows” is a true entertainer. But whether Guy Ritchie has done justice to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is another matter altogether.

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