Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles in A Game of Shadows. This time the great detective goes up against his greatest adversary, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). This second installment has kept the same sense of jest with interesting action scenes and great period sets. Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows really does not feel like a sequel and more than stands on its own as an excellent action movie.
A Game of Shadows refers to the unseen moves Moriarty has made and is making to bring a Europe to war. It is of course up to Holmes and Watson, aided by a gypsy named Sim (Noomi Rapace) in exchange for rescuing her brother. Another worthy adversary is Moriarty's assistant Colonel Sebastian Moran.
The story involves modern –for 1891-- armament. This is quite interesting and a lot of visual attention is paid to the mechanics. Less interesting is the scene in the woods with its too numerous slow-motion scenes: it really is a bit much and a bit too long.
There are quite a few tips of the hat in this Guy Ritchie movie. Ones to Heath Ledger's Joker make-up when Holmes in drag is looking out the end the train. A second is to Sergio Morricone and Sergio Leone with the theme from Two Mules For Sister Sara in the horseback riding scene.
Special features for Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows Blu-ray include Maximum Movie Mode with picture in picture, storyboards, Focus Points on aspects of the film, an Ipad App you can sync with the movie for more info but it only works in the States, DVD, and Digital Copy