Blu-ray Review Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Directed by: Guy Ritchie Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Noomi Rapace Running Time: 2 hrs 9 mins Rating: PG-13
Own it on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack or Digital Download 6.12.12
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PLOT: Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.) and his sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law) are thrown together once again. This time they must try and defeat the infamous Professor Moriarty (Harris).
I’m not someone who is upset by the updated, action-focused Sherlock Holmes. This is mainly because of the charm of Downey Jr. and Law in the roles of Holmes and Dr. Watson, but also because there is still intelligence. Sure it’s a movie trick, but it’s still there. I love that Holmes will glance quickly around the room, keying in on a couple of objects. We, the audience, are trying to make sense of what we’re even looking at. Holmes is figuring out how it all fits together. Thankfully, this time around so is an evil villain. Harris steps up to the big leagues (OK, bigger leagues than what he’s been in before) and does a really good job as the potentially smarter Moriarty. The first film lacked a compelling villain. That’s not the case here and you want to see these two go toe-to-toe.
Guy Ritchie seems to relish playing with all of these toys and fantastic actors. It’s a blockbuster that deserves our attention. That alone is actually a rare thing. They improve on the first film and I found myself caring for these characters instead of just liking what I was looking at. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is worth your holiday time.
FINAL SCORE: 8/10
Blu-ray Special Features: Maximum Movie Mode: Inside the Mind of Sherlock Holmes - Hosted by Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: A Perfect Chemistry Holmes Without Borders Moriarty's Master Plan Unleashed Holmesavision on Steroids Sherlock Holmes: Under the Gypsy Spell Meet Mycroft Holmes Guy Ritchie's Well-Oiled Machine
DVD special features: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: A Perfect Chemistry Moriarty's Master Plan Unleashed Holmesavision on Steroids
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