Director: Guy Ritchie
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures
Caught up in one of the most iconic fictional bromances, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) are at it again in the breezy, light-hearted film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The good news about this loud, likeable, adventure-stuffed sequel to director Guy Ritchie’s hit 2009 super sleuth movie is the easy rapport between Downey and Law is not only still cooking but improved.
In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows the detective duo are up against the ever-excellent Jared Harris who plays the role of the dastardly, Oxford-educated master-plotter Dr. Moriarty, the “Napoleon of crime,” who is busy plotting worldwide terrorist mayhem involving many assassinations, corpses and bombings.
Other bonuses include an underused Noomi Rapace as an enigmatic Gypsy fortune teller, a superb Stephen Fry as Holmes’ incredibly bright, pompous brother Mycroft and a lavish 19th-century steampunk London production that serves as backdrop for un-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-appropriate but rip roaring action-adventure sequences.
Director Ritchie goes pedal to the metal with repetitive slo-mo sequences and the Michele Mulroney-Kieran Mulroney screenplay scores low in delivering dazzling mystery plotting, cat-and-mouse games or snappy dialogue. But tailgating on the two star’s chemistry, the movie –though it numbs you with way too many action sequences– still makes for throwaway holiday fun at the movies.