The Game is Once Again Afoot!
by Nicholas Robinson
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his longtime trusted associate, Doctor Watson (Jude Law), take on their arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), with the help of Holmes’s older brother Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) and a gypsy named Sim (Noomi Rapace). – IMDB.com
Ever since the first movie came out 2 years ago, I have been psyched to see what would happen if Guy Ritchie did a sequel to his Oscar and Golden Globe winning take on the iconic character Sherlock Holmes. Now that he has, he brought Sherlock better than before. The story was fantastic, the acting great, the visuals superb and the score was good.
What I really love about the Sherlock Holmes movies is that they are different from all of the other mystery/detective movies we see around the place. Most of the time in stuff like Poirot and all those others what I always hated is that they show you none of the clues and within the last five minutes just spell out to you what happened and how the dude figured it out with absolutely no indication prior. What Sherlock Holmes does is show you everything you need to know, not explicitly but if you pay attention to all the details in the scene (as Sherlock himself does) then you can figure out how everything comes together. As in, there are some things that they can’t show. For example, things that happen outside the actual storyline of the movie, or how something feels or tastes but they show you that he feels something or tastes it and you know that it is important.
The acting in this movie is quite good but with all the people involved it is expected. However, what was really amazing was the chemistry between the actors on screen. I am not sure if this is because this is the second movie in the series or if the cast just works together, but you can tell throughout the entire movie that the cast is in sync with one another allowing for better performances, better comedic timing and a more entertaining movie overall. I however, have to shine the spotlight on Jared Harris. Once I heard that he was going to play Moriarty, I felt safe due to his amazing performance as the villain in Fringe and he lived up to my expectations. His portrayal of Professor Moriarty was brilliant from start to finish. Especially in the final scene when there is a great exchange between himself and Holmes over a chess game that just shows you how brilliant he is.
As I said above, the visuals in this movie were superb from beginning to end. However, the one scene that stands out to me is a scene that was partly shown in the trailer. The main cast is running through a forest while being shot at and the way Guy Ritchie uses the camera and the slow motion is just brilliant. I could watch that scene over and over again once I own the Blu-ray. Another thing that was really good but not as good as it was in the first film (probably due to the fact that they are very, VERY similar) is the score. It is basically the same as the score from the first film and Hans Zimmer does a great job, but because it is that similar it just didn’t resonate with me as much as the score for the first film did and that is not a bad thing per say but just not good either.
Overall, this is a must watch film for EVERYONE.
IMDB says 7.8/10
RT says 59%
I say 9/10