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Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows Movie Review

Sherlock Holmes 2 Rating:  2.9/5

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Sherlock Holmes 2 Movie Review

Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:Times Of India

The visual appeal will not leave you disappointed nor will the plot which travels all across the globe and climaxes in a peace summit in Switzerland. A word about the dialogues: Arresting, humourous and laced with Downey’s characteristic sardonic wit. So where lies the problem? Too much action, infact it seems there is only action. Too long a film that might make action buffs go wild with joy but for those who like their films with a bit of drama, they will end up with a hollow feeling. Sherlock Holmes 2 is a relentless action experience which gives enough to adrenaline hunters to get an overdose.Know what to expect and enjoy the film!

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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff

This film has nothing whatsoever to do with the Sherlock Holmes character or the books, no matter how clumsily it tries to make Reichenbach Falls jokes. As self-indulgent rolls-in-the-hay go, it’s a fair bit of fun. Stephen Fry plays Mycroft as a misogynistic nudist exhausted by his own elephantine intellect, and it is here we realise that Ritchie’s entire approach to this film — peopled by mad scientists, gypsies, and people changing faces — is that of a big-budget pantomime. Plot be darned, everyone’s in it to have a good time. So yes, ideal holiday entertainment, this for a rollicking winter evening, Ritchie provides stupid but striking fireworks.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Renuka Vyavahare Site:TOI

If you liked Guy Ritchie’s 2009 Sherlock Holmes, you will like the sequel. However if the previous film made you yawn, the sequel too may tempt you to consume some ‘Sherly’ drugs just to stay awake. Compare the two and story wise the previous film was still better but as a package, Ritchie’s second outing as Sherlock director pretty much follows his standard pattern and style of movie making. By that we mean, Slo-mo action sequences which dominate the film throughout.Ritchie’s sequel highlights Holmes stunt skills more than anything else. However more than the action, it is yet again the chemistry between the lead actors that holds the movie together for you. Performances are another USP. As a sequel, the ‘lengthy’ film has nothing new to offer.

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Roshni Devi Site:Koimoi

What’s Good: The engaging action scenes; the scenes of one-upmanship between Robert Downey, Jr. and Jared Harris; the cinematography; the dialogues.What’s Bad: The confusing plot and the story which seems to stretch a bit, both towards the end.Verdict: Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows is a fair entertainer which will do good business, especially in the Indian cities.Definitely watch Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows for Robert Downey, Jr.’s performance and the engaging action scenes.

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 Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:A O Scott Site:New York Times

Like its predecessor “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” confects a smoky, overcast Victorian world, infuses it with an air of jocular, hairy laddishness and stages a lot of fights in fussy and tiresome slow motion. There is a plot, but no real intrigue, mystery or suspense, and no inkling of anything at stake beyond a childish and belligerent idea of fun. The real point of the movie is the bantering byplay between Holmes and Watson  punctuated by punches, explosions and action sequences

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  1. ‎"Elementary my dear Ritchie",as Sherlock Holmes would say!!!The best thing about the 2nd installment of the Sherlock Holmes flicks from the Guy Ritchie stable is that director sticks nd remains true to Holmes as we know him from the novels(read the awe inspiring deduction prowess of Holmes); besides invigorating the film with awe inspiring CGI effects nd power packed action sequences to take to it dizzying heights of awesomeness.Set in the mystical environs of the Victorian era(I'm a bit partial towards flicks set in dat era :P)the characters,their actions as concocted by Ritchie are far cry from the ones originally depicted in Sir Arthur's novels.Our new age Holmes & Watson,punch,they kick,dodge bullets in uber cool,jaw dropping slo-mo action scenes,but its hard not to fall in love wid this adrnaline joyride of a movie.What else can you expect wen Ironman himself is playing the protagnist.Surely Conan Doyle will be jumping out frm his seat in heaven,cant say the same abou the Sherly purists though..In the most intriguing of scenes, Holmes and Moriarty lock horns over a game of chess ;we also have watson dancing wid gypsies, his wife thrown off a train, Holmes in various disguises (as a chair,as a woman,lol) nd yes we have a naked Stephen Fry hittin on watson’s wife.Very Richtiesque and stamp of the dir. of Snatch,RocknRolla written all over it.Only the director of Guy's caliber nd finesse cud have pulled this off.The dual b/w Holmes nd his arch enemy,Prof Moriarty and the mesmerising chemistry b/w Law nd Downey Jr. who hit off like a house on fire r well nd truly the high points of the movie..Just the right mix of a shrewd script,subtlety,mind boggling action sequences,Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows goes one step above its celebrated predecessor and transcends into an exhilarating joyride dats pcks quite a punch nd how..End your year on a high,Go for it!!!!

  2. Maybe it is just me but it hard to think of anyone as Sherlock Holmes other than Jeremy Brett, the late actor who played it to near absolute perfection in the BBC granada TV series. That was a work of art so near to the description of Holmes by Sir Doyle that you began to doubt if Sir Doyle had seen Brett through a time machine and written Holmes or vice versa. I have seen many movies and serials of Holmes by various productions but Brett can never be replaced as Holmes. For me, Holmes never dies at Reichenbach Falls (though Doyle was forced to get him back in the Adventure of the empty house). For me, Holmes died the day Brett died. Every great actor or director once in their lifetime gets buried under a tomb of immmortality because of one performance or movie (Ramesh Sippy could never shake off SHOLAY….never). Same with Brett…till his end, he could never be anyone other than Holmes. I tried seeing Holmes Part 1 as potrayed by Robert Downey jr…..How does one describe it?Too on

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