Tuesday, December 27, 2011

'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows' Movie Review


1. Title : Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
2. Release date : 16 December 2011 (United States), 22 December 2011 (Malaysia)
3. Director : Guy Ritchie
4. Starring :
Robert Downey Jr.
Jude Law
Noomi Rapace
Jared Harris
5. Language : English
6. Genre : Action / Adventure
7. Official Website : A Game Of Shadows

Beware of mountains of intelligent words and details, as our brain can only handle so much at one time!

Unlike the previous installation where the mystery was a lot more organized and...mysterious, 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows' offers a slightly different agenda. Not sure if it was meant to be darker than the first, this time around our great (and perhaps the smartest) detective faces his most powerful adversary whose influence and resources are way beyond anyone's expectation. As a continuation from the movie you watched a few years back, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) continues his devilish plan to wreak havoc by igniting wars between nations from the shadows. With the help from his hesitant best friend, Dr. John Watson (Jude Law), Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) travels to Europe and tries to do what he does best; throwing a monkey wrench.

One thing that any movie lover would love to watch is the use of amazing camera tricks and visual effects while portraying images in a movie - and 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows' did it splendidly. Not only the detailed setting and costumes succeeded in bringing the audience back to 1891, but the way they were projected into the eyes of every single person in front of the screen deserves a standing ovation. The bullet time produced during the chase and the frames exploited to focus on the tree piercing shots and explosions were brilliant. Capturing the physical details were really the main attraction at this stage and they did not disappoint. Also, in an aspect not related to visual, I have got to say that Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law did produce a stunning combination which eventually made the audience care about them. In a sense of character development, all the significant names in the movie shared a fair amount of time to make themselves recognized and remembered, even though I was a bit disheartened by the 'short appearance' from one of them.

Unfortunately, as mentioned earlier in the first sentence, 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadow' audience need to strain their brain a lot more this time compared to before. I do mean what I say as this story tells too many information (I repeat, too many information) at a time that if you miss one of them, you might risk losing the appetite to focus on another, despite being able to get the whole picture at the end of the story. Even though later you would realize that the information you missed did not really hamper your ability to investigate, but as you watch a crime-preventing/solving tale, you would definitely want to be at your best, mentally. For heavy thinkers, this circumstance might leave them unsatisfied. For the rest, this might lead to snores or deadly boredom.

In short, the second one is as intriguing as what I have expected and it continues the legacy left by the first. However, I still prefer the first as it provided me with mental and visual satisfaction, a combination that I failed to get during my latest 'Sherlock Holmes' journey. But I am not sure about you.

Rating: 7/10

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