Genre: Adventure, action, mystery, detective
Running Time: 2 Hours 9 Minutes
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
Synopsis: “Sherlock and Watson face arch-nemesis Professor Moriaty, who is conspiring to make a fortune at the expense of the rest of the world. As Sherlock and Watson unravel the dastardly plot as they travel across Europe, they unlock Moriaty’s secret- the manufacturing of next-generation weapons. Sherlock and Watson must stop this great threat before Moriarty succeeds in provoking a World War” (Warner Bros. Pictures).
Verdict: Never liked Guy Ritchie‘s vision of Sherlock Holmes but at least the original instalment is more than sufficiently enjoyable. Although decent to watch, A Game of Shadows lacks of suspense, overuses the same tricks from the first film and is a little draggy and predictable at some parts. It fails to engage viewers into putting on their thinking caps. With that being said, Hans Zimmer‘s great music compositions for the movie weren’t put to good use. Excellent acting chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. (as Holmes) and Jude Law (as John Watson) but weak performance by Jared Harris as the villain James Moriarty.
Least favourite scene: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] The one where Holmes, Watson, Sim and the gypsies are being pursued by Moran and his army in the forest. I find the whole slow motion cinematic pointless for the scene. Does it make it more entertaining and impressive? No. Did it make me dizzy? Yes [SPOILER ENDS HERE].
Sequel? The ending does suggest so and despite the disappointment from this instalment, I’d still look forward to it. Better writers may be enough for significant improvements.
The meaning of the title: Holmes is up against someone as good as he is, like his own shadows, and hence A Game of Shadows.
Holmes vs. House: After watching this instalment, I think Hugh Laurie‘s performance as his titular character is more consistently convincing than Robert Downey Jr.‘s as his. The protagonist of the popular TV series House MD, Gregory House, is partly based Sherlock. The English actor manages to his foreign accent episodes after episodes and act magnificently to become one of the world’s favourite TV character.
Malaysian censorship: Only a split second of Mycroft Holmes‘ (Stephen Fry) bare naked butt was cut, I believe.
Rating: 2.5 / 5
Second opinion: “Quite boring at the beginning but it gets interesting later in the movie” (Iris Loong).