Movie Night: Sherlock Holms; Game of Shadows
June 17, 2012 10 Comments
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1515091/
In the second instalment of the franchise,we find Holmes racing across England and France to try and stop his arch nemesis Professor James Moriarty from finishing his most recent scheme. To make matters worse, Moriarty now considers Watson and his new wife collateral damage. They are now fair game to be eliminated. Holmes and Watson must try and stop Moriarty before he brings the entire world to war.
First of all, I have to say Moriarty is an incredible villain, and the chemistry between him and Holmes makes one think they were best friends than enemies. The chivalry between protagonist and antagonist is brilliant. Instead of beating the snot out of each other (which seems to be the norm), they’re eventual ‘good guy/bad guy’ fight is via a chess game. While I thought the action scenes were not as spectacular as in the first movie, the special effects were just as good. Especially the scenes involving the large scale weapons. The slow-motion effects really were spectacular. There were a couple places that came off as unrealistic (when Holmes took the red book), but nothing that was jarring to the story.
One thing I did find interesting, was the relationship between Holmes and Watson. It reminded me a lot of the odd friendship between House and Wilson.
4 out of 5