Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows
Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Jude Law (Enemy at the Gates) returned for an action-packed sequel to Sherlock Holmes. Although the Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows lacked the eerie mystery that surrounded its predecessor, the action and adventure made up for it. The special effects entranced the audience and the slow motion that was incorporated was enjoyable however repetitive it became. One of the major flaws in this movie was the insufficient portrayal of Sherlock Holmes’ perceptive ability, which is believed to be the main premise of the character. Director Guy Ritchie applied a fast-paced, explosive style in this sequel, and while it didn’t soar above expectations, the movie was very entertaining. Critics can safely call it a success.
The following contains spoilers.
The plot picks up from the end of the first movie. While Dr. Watson prepares for his much anticipated wedding, Sherlock Holmes investigates Professor Moriarty in his reopened case. When the shady mastermind proves that he is willing to make things personal with Sherlock by poisoning his love interest, Irene Adler, the daring detective sets out to save what’s left of his friends in dramatic fashion. After reuniting with his sidekick en route to a relaxing honeymoon locale, the pair gather intel at a gypsy camp and stumble upon Moriarty’s weapon facility, where Sherlock discovers Moriarty’s plan to ignite a massive war in Europe. Sherlock, Watson, and a gypsy woman who has been traveling with them, thwart an assassination attempt at a global peace summit high in the mountains of Switzerland. The movie ends with Holmes and Moriarty falling down a waterfall to their assumed deaths. However, Sherlock makes a humorous reappearance that creates the possibility of a third movie.