Sherlock Holmes A Game Of Shadows

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Its 1891 and war seems to be brewing everywhere and threatening to break out. Not only is there constant unrest but there are bombings and murders going on at random that are baffling everyone, everyone that is but Sherlock Holms. He thinks that it is all a plot and design from none other then his adversary Professor James Moriarty, Homes just has to find a way to prove it. Holmes is also loosing his mind as he dips lower and lower into what seems to be insanity and drug use.

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has been constantly after Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris) for the plots and crimes that he has done against the British Government and its People. The main problem in proving any of it is that the Professor is actually a well respected scholar who is constantly teaching and doing speaking tours. Homes has not been able to pin him down and with his friend Dr. John Watson now out of the house has taken to drinking formaldehyde and doing strange experiments in stealth and camouflage.

Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) is about to be married to Mary Morstan (Kelly Reilly) and is trying to get Homes to pull it together long enough to setup a bachelor party and be his best man at his wedding. What a party it turns out to be, with Holmes loosing his mind none of his friends have been invited. It seems that the only other person that was invited was that of Homes’ brother Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) who works for the British Government from time to time. It is at that party that Holmes sees Watson get drunk as a skunk, win and loose a fortune and himself almost killed and thrown into the River Thames. Just another adventure for himself but a trouble to Watson who is to be married the next day.

The film flows rather fast and draws you along with it whether you want it to or not. Sometimes events are moving faster then you would want them to and if you look away can seem to be jumbled and out of order even though they are not. We see more of the prefight scenes in Holmes head and all that slow stuff that has come into play as of late in films. Slow motion has its places but constantly seeing it in films take something away from the film all together. Its like they are trying to fill in time because they didn’t have anything else to put in its place and there are way too many scenes in this film with that happening.

There is a lot of action and explosions in the film as you would expect in a movie that is dealing with the threat and shadow of war. We even see a running gun battle between anarchists and gypsies that are trying to help Holmes find out the truth about Moriarty and his plans. There are even large bore cannons used to shoot at each other as well. Seems a little unrealistic but it does fit into the plot rather well considering that the firth is taking place at a munitions factory.

In all the film is worth seeing but afterwards you are left wanting more. The film just doesn’t satisfy like it should and you are left wanting to see more then what has been given to you. Is it worth seeing? Yes. Is it worth seeing over and over like Star Wars or Star Trek? A big resounding No! Maybe after a few weeks you might want to watch it again but not back to back like other films that you might have seen or want to see. This would be a film that you might want to rent instead of buying as that way your money is better well spent and your appetite can be better satisfied with another film that you might rent with this one.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★☆☆