‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ better than the prequel

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By Tiffany Riggs, Assistant Section Editor

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Watson return for a suspenseful new adventure in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Based on the novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as detective Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law returns as his trusted colleague Dr. John Watson.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” picks up where the prequel, “Sherlock Holmes,” left off but with an infinitely better story line. The newest Holmes movie is enjoyable without having watched the first installment.

Set in London in 1891, Sherlock Holmes faces a cat-and-mouse battle of wits with his intellectual equal, the cunning Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris). From seemingly random world-wide events, Holmes uncovers Moriarty’s sadistic international conspiracy of destruction to gain power and wealth.

Meanwhile, after getting engaged in the first film, Watson is finally marrying his fiancée Mary Morstan (Kelly Reilly), but Watson’s marriage means an end to his longtime partnership with Holmes. Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry), Sherlock’s eccentric older brother, is introduced at Watson’s stag party where Holmes saves the new female lead, a gypsy named Madam Simza Heron (Noomi Rapace), from Moriarty’s hired assassin.

When Moriarty learns that Sherlock has uncovered his plot, he targets Dr. Watson and his new bride for revenge. The newlyweds’ honeymoon is over before it begins when Moriarty’s men cause an explosive scene on the train the couple board.

Watson must assist Holmes once more in a race against time to prevent the collapse of Western civilization. Moriarty’s plot leads the duo to team up with Madam Simza whose missing brother, Rene, is the link to discovering the last piece of Moriarty’s puzzle.

Holmes’ investigation leads him out of London, where he follows Moriarty’s web of sinister plans to France and then to an arms factory in Germany where it is up to Watson to rescue Holmes. With villains and visually stunning action scenes around every corner, the journey culminates at a peace summit in Switzerland. Moriarty seems to stay one step ahead of Holmes at all times.

Sherlock Holmes’ sardonic wit and slow motion fight scenes shine in this action packed thriller. The supporting cast is entertaining and dynamic. The returning cast includes Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler and Eddie Marsan as Inspector Lestrade.   

“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” is worth checking out for some easy laughs and intense action.

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