I had to watch the first Sherlock Holmes twice to fully enjoy it, it didn't really catch my attention the first time round. But here we have the second, and sadly in between the first movie and this I've had the pleasure of watching BBC's Sherlock, which is just awesome.
So how does this stack up? I guess it does okay. Robert Downy Jr. and Jude Law return in their roles, and do quite a good job of carrying them on. Downey Jr. is as erratic and humorous as ever. There's a lot less of Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler though, instead we're treated to another female sidekick who just isn't as good.
The whole plot is concerned with the rising threat of Moriarty, and the grand master plan he's leading up to. But there are so many different operations and plans going on throughout the movie that it becomes a little hard to keep track of them all. It seems like they were just trying to fit as many action sequences in there as possible, and while they're mostly well done it does get a little jumbled and rushed in places, with our heroes skipping around the globe. Jared Harris' Moriarty isn't even that menacing either, despite the mythos built up around him, he's just a little bit dull.
I don't know. A Game Of Shadows is certainly an entertaining movie, but my previous watching of Sherlock has probably just left me biased against the movie franchise. Still, if it was amazing in its own right I'd probably hold it in higher esteem, but as it stands A Game Of Shadows is a good blockbuster movie. There are some good performances from the leads, not so much from the supporting cast, and while it gets a bit jumbled in places it holds itself together quite well. If you liked the first it's definitely worth checking out.
My rating: 3/5