Written December 19, 2011
As with the first Holmes movie, you have to pay attention to the dialog and clues when you watch this movie. Even then, you're likely to miss thngs (and if you're like my wife and me, you'll have to plan on seeing it again). Don't even think about getting up to go to the bathroom because you're going to miss something important. The plot takes a while to develop so you'll need to be patient. However, it's worth the time and effort as the movie is very entertaining. If you liked the first Holmes movie, you should plan on seeing this one.
Written September 18, 2014
After seeing the original Sherlock Holmes, I said, "That movie was great! Even if they don't make a sequel, it wouldn't both me." Today, I find myself saying the same thing about A Game of Shadows.
The personalities of Holmes and Watson again worked well together, and the overall story was well-crafted and entertaining. Also, the plot worked on a much broader scale than the original, so you don't feel like it's just a re-hash of the original.
The new canon characters that are introduced or expanded upon brought more life to the movie and created a much closer version of the original Doyle works.
If I had to nitpick, the only thing I felt seemed out of place was the much-increased use of slow motion. Don't get me wrong, I thought it was a great cinematic effect every time it was used, but in a few places I wondered if it was necessary.
Overall the best movie I've seen this year, and I recommend it to everyone, even if you haven't read the books.
Written September 23, 2014
Why aren't more movies made with this wonderful combination of wit, action, and comedy? The acting was absolutely on the mark and the story was gripping. Go see it!
Written December 19, 2011
This film, like the others, is witty and fun-full of twists and turns and suspense. It will keep you laughing while on the edge of your seat. If you want to be entertained then go see this movie!
Written December 16, 2011
It started off a little uninteresting, but it got better. I thought it was pretty good. I saw the midnight show, so earlier that day I watched the first movie again. I think that may have helped incase you didn't remember Rachel McAdams working for a faceless guy in the first movie. So he's still her employer.
So the plot was interesting enough, the script was...the typical clever banter you expected, and the opening and closing credits used the same photo to sketchbook effects. But my favorite aspect of this movie was the effects and cinematography. It was great! The action scenes were good, but made even better with slowmotion and intense focus on characters faces and movements as they happened. Alot of zoom ins on the inworkings of gunfire, sparks, triggers. The sound was awesome, hearing deep breathing, clicks, all that stuff that makes you feel like you can hear every movement and action, canceling out other noise and focusing in on specifics.
So it was a pretty good movie.