Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, or Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson in this case, face a new super-villain set on destroying the world in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows."
Set in 1891, Holmes and Watson square off against Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), who has cooked up a scheme to pit various European nations against each other in hopes of benefiting from the demand for weapons. A gypsy fortune teller, played by Noomi Rapace, tags along. Rachel McAdams, Holmes' love interest in the first film, also makes a brief appearance. Guy Ritchie once again directs this film, turning Arthur Conan Doyle's classic literary character into the star of a likely Hollywood blockbuster.
The film is loud, there are plenty of explosions, and there is that predictable banter between the two leading men. It is Sherlock Holmes 2.0 -- more of the same, just bigger and louder than the first film.
Sherlock Holmes is supposed to be really smart, distinguishing him from every other crime-fighter. Now, thanks to Hollywood, he's turned into just another action hero. So the flick-o-meter gives "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" a three out of five. The chemistry between Downey Jr. and Law is still good, but it is starting to get a bit repetitive.
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About this column: Brett Martin is a familiar face in the Atlanta area. He was the Entertainment reporter and Road Warrior for Fox 5 and Good Day Atlanta for many years (1999-2007). Brett continues to be a film critic and a member of the BFCA (broadcast film critics association). He has personally interviewed nearly every major movie star and academy award winning actor and actress over the past two decades. You can catch all his reviews and find out more about Brett on his two websites. His movie reviews can be seen at www.flickedup.com. His video production business, which specializes in online commercials, can be seen at www.brettervideo.com. If you have any specific questions contact Brett through his email. firstname.lastname@example.org or friend him on Facebook www.facebook.com/brettervideo. You can also follow him on Twitter at @imbrettmartin.