Our favorite wise cracking Englishman, Sherlock Holmes is back. But it is still a sequel. Can it overcome the “sequels are never as good as the original” curse? Why, the answer is elementary my dear Watson.
Yup, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are back, and this time, the girl is different! With Irene Adler leaving the scene early on, all the two hero’s attention is on the villain this time. This time they face an adversary (Professor Moriarty) that can match wits with any one, including Holmes. With the villain set, all we have to do is sit back and watch the next edition of Monk meets The Bourne Identity.
Yes, the plot isn’t quite the best thing in the world. In fact, I don’t really remember a whole lot of it. But the reason you’re watching Sherlock Holmes is for the action scenes, the humor, and the wit. Robert Downey Jr. is at his charismatic best as Holmes, and Law plays the straight man to perfection. Yes, the chemistry between RDJ and Rachel McAdams is missing from the majority of the movie, but Noomi Rapace is no slouch. And adding Stephen Fry as the other Holmes is a stroke of genius. It doesn’t beat the original, but A Game of Shadows comes awfully close to matching it. Hopefully the third will complete the possibly excellent trilogy.