It’s a sequel, so any bagging of un-originality in it really doesn’t mean anything because you are returning to a familiar format and all you can hope for is that the concept is expanded and toyed with. And here it is. SHERLOCK HOLMES A GAME OF THRONES may lack the surprise of how enjoyable and fun the original was but it more than makes up for it in scale and spectacle.
Leaning into the world of Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriarty, SHADOWS takes you out of London and has you running around Europe in set piece after set piece of logic defying action and dialogue smart arsery. If you liked the original I can’t see how you couldn’t enjoy this. Yeah there are some clunky moments throughout, they are few and far between, but it’s all worth it when you realise just how assured a directorial hand Guy Ritchie has become.
The scale in the picture is the biggest thing Ritchie has ever directed – and always being strong at milking the comedy out of dramatic situations – this entry delivers some pretty spectacular stuff indeed. The escape from the munitions factory sequence really knocked my socks off for its technicality (it would’ve been an absolute headf*ck to shoot and edit) all hidden in what looks to be a pretty simple set up.
Everyone in this is having a good time and in particular Jude Law really forged his own Watson, not being overshadowed by Robert Downey Jr. this time round, in his most confident performance in ages. Yes the script is still full of itself, but it takes the piss out of itself all the way through, and all the players ham it right up accordingly. It’s greatest trick it pulls is to convince you it’s a very clever and intelligent script … you be the judge!
All round I was totally surprised at how much I enjoyed this – it is really good fun.
SHERLOCK HOLMES A GAME OF SHADOWS is out now on BLU RAY, DVD and DOWNLOAD in AUSTRALIA.