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Published:December 17th, 2011 11:59 EST
Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows Review

Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows Review

By Tony Graff

From the trailers I had seen for the movie Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows, I had lost a little faith in director Guy Ritchie`s judgment. But, I`m a fan of Sherlock Holmes as a character enough that I was there at the midnight release. 

The movie redeemed itself from the trailers. We see a greater depth into the characters, from the manic/psychotic/eccentric Holmes to the subtle Moriarty. Throughout the novels, Moriarty was an unseen presence, and making him such a prominent character in the movie was a risk that produced mixed results.

Much of the humor of the first movie is expanded in the second, and intermingled new characters in a movie that as a whole is more exciting and more explosive than the first. 

The biggest detractor from this movie was the character Mycroft. Played by Stephen Fry, Mycroft is Sherlock`s younger brother and a member of Parliament. Some of the gags he`s involved in are funny, but despite that he`s out of place throughout the entire movie.

The storytelling is what I appreciated the most. The scenes where Holmes analyzes a scene grows in intensity when we see another genius counter and assess like a vicious chess game, a well used metaphor in the movie.