Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Reviews
The thing to do, I suppose, is to set aside your memories of the Conan Doyle stories, save them to savor on a night this winter and enjoy this movie as a high-caliber entertainment.
Even at its worst the movie is redeemed by the presence of two fine British character actors playing Conan Doyle regulars: Stephen Fry as Holmes's waggish older brother, Mycroft, and Jared Harris as the fiendish Dr. Moriarty.
Robert Downey Jr. is back as Holmes and Jude Law returns as Dr. Watson. They retain the winning chemistry from the first, superior film, and that's enough to make you soldier on through the overly stylized action.
While director Guy Ritchie's excesses and modern concessions -- among them a lot of explosions -- remain intact, the parts of this second Sherlock Holmes are considerably more rewarding.