A Sequel of Disappointment

Both Robert Downey Jr. & Jude Law are back in the sequel to the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movie. To be perfectly honest, if you didn’t like the first one you’re not going to like this one.

In this sequel, subtitled “A Game of Shadows”, Watson is about to be married to his fiancee from the first film, while Sherlock is mentally engrossed in “solving” a Moriarty case.

Holmes intercepted a letter that was meant for a gypsy fortune teller, but was on its way to Moriarty. Now Holmes needs to find out the significance of the letter and what Moriarty is up to.


  • A lot of the details leading up to the films final 10-15 minutes are clever and well-written.
  • The scene where they’re running through the forest in Germany was probably the coolest scene in the entire movie.
  • The end was pretty cool. I’m not going to say any more than that because it’ll ruin it if you’ve yet to see it.
  • I enjoyed watching ┬áSebastian “Basher” Moran. I’ve been reading Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urberville’s where he’s the main character, so it was cool to see him onscreen.


  • The details were well thought out, and it’s rarely slow paced, but I found myself bored throughout a lot of the film.
  • Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective ever, I get that. He can deduce things from minute details. I also understand reading people can lead to predicting their behavior, but in this it’s more like he can see the future. And they use the whole “show-the-same-scene-twice” gimmick too many times.

That’s really it with A Game of Shadows . It has some good scenes, all of which were probably in the trailer, but ultimately it was disappointing. I really liked the first Sherlock Holmes with Downey Jr. and Law, and was looking forward to the sequel. While it doesn’t lack in humor, it doesn’t have the fun feeling or “A-HA!” moments of the first.

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