Sherlock Holmes must face his greatest adversary, Professor James Moriarty, a brilliant criminal who is hell bent on starting a war in Europe. With the help of his faithful friend Dr. Watson his eccentric brother, Mycroft, and the mysterious gypsy, Sim, Holmes must stop Moriarty before it is too late.
Robert Downey Jr. is in top form as Sherlock Holmes, portraying the character as more a man of action than thought but still keeping the same charm that made Holmes so popular many years ago. Jude Law shines as Dr. Watson, and the onscreen chemistry he has with Robert Downey Jr is all too evident as they bicker and exchange sarcastic remarks with each other throughout the entire film. Noomi Rapace, while not given as much screen time as she deserves, does very well with what she is given, and audiences will want to see her again in the next installment. Jared Harris takes the role of cunning Professor Moriarty and owns it, giving us a sinister and compelling villain.
While this is a fun and highly entertaining sequel, it is not perfect. For one thing, everything seems to move too fast. Before viewers can even register what just happened or at least guess, the story moves several steps ahead at a breakneck pace, leaving audiences in the dust. This may be how the director wanted the story to play out, but giving viewers time to register what is going on and attempt to figure it out themselves is a big part of what makes these stories fun, as well as providing them with a more engaging moviegoing experience.
Minor quibbles aside, Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows is not only a worthy sequel, but also a fun movie to see this holiday season.
4 out of 5 stars