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Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game Of Shadows (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)

Featuring: Robert Downey Jr., Noomi Rapace & Jude Law

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 12 years & over

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  A Game effort..................but the first film is better.

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Which is something that does happen with sequels from time to time and is probably a result of how quickly the film was put into production following the success of the first film in 2009.

Picking up about a year later we find Dr Watson on the eve of his wedding and a Holmes who has become more and more intent on tracking down his nemesis Dr Moriarty. As a series of random and seemingly unrelated events are connected by Holmes, he soon realises the scale of Moriarity's true plans and must give everything he has to prevent disaster.

The key pairing of Robert Downey Jnr and Jude Law is central to the film here just as it was in the first, which is good because the film has a very sluggish and slow first hour as it drags itself together and starts to have anything resembling a plot to hand. However, once the trail begins then a solid enough action film emerges and manages to build to a quite well done conclusion at a famous location in Holmesian lore!

Of the new cast Jared Harris is a convincingly menacing Moriarty, channeling effective nonchalance as he casually informs Holmes of just what he will do to stop him, but Noomi Rapace is essentially wasted in a sidekick role that doesn't give her anything remotely major to do apart from serve as a female role in the film. Although Stephen Fry is also welcome as Holmes brother and intellectual and deductive match.

On Blu-ray the picture quality is very, very nice (Warner Bros always seem to be able to ensure their Blu-ray picture quality is always amongst the best around) especially in some of the big visual effects sequences such as the forest run. The extras however are fairly light. Basically you have an option to run the film concurrently with some behind the scenes featurettes while Robert Downey Jnr pops up in person from time to time to talk about the film in the same way that Guy Ritchie did on the Blu-ray of the first film. And then you can watch the featurettes separately. That's about it really. Not a great selection but not stuff that takes an age to go through.

I enjoyed it, but I do feel the first film was stronger and that if they make a third they need to up the game a little to avoid some of the sluggishness that afflicts this entry in the series.

  Seriously Flawless!

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This is a must buy! One of the finest sequels and movies i have ever seen. Though the first is still amazing this surpasses it by a long shot! Script, story, performances, everything is spot on. I honestly can't fault a single thing about it. Very clever and Sherlock and Moriarty's chemistry are the finest hero-villein since Joker and Batman. Fantastic effects and some of the most jaw droppingly exciting and impressive action sequences i have layed eyes on. Bigger, better than anything Sherlock can deliver, which is why i think if they do a third it won't be better than this.

  'GREAT FUN TO WATCH'

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this is a tongue-in-cheek action packed romp which see's our heroes 'holmes' and colleague 'dr watson' take on arch-enemy 'professor moriarty' who is plotting to start a war between the 'french' and 'germans' which given the stockpile of supplys he's amassed would make him a shed full of money.
great fun with some. perhaps, over complicated dialog.....enjoy

  Better than the first

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well to start i would like to say i loved the first film, the second one is still way better it still has the humour and the cleverness as the first one did but there is way more action which i would like to say epiccc i would say this is a brilliant film worth the buy

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  It's a fine Bromance!

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The first movie played it safe and payed off, as this refreshing update of the victorian super sleuth was a massive it, so it came as no surprise that two years later comes this much bigger sequel. But has we all know Bigger is not always better and being so quick of the mark you could expect to be disappointed.
The thing is that A game of Shadows is mostly a huge success. For the first twenty minutes you could be forgiven for wondering what's going on as the plot seems all over the place, but just like the first 2009 movie the fun is finding the clues, and as this movie progresses they all start to fit into shape like a jugsaw puzzle. Downey JR and Law are the perfect couple, so much so that you expect them to be married as they bicker but you know they love each other deep down in a man-love kind of way. This is impounded when Watson gets married and Holmes sulks off.
Things pick up with a outstanding train sequence and the fantastic slow-mo mortar shelling of a forrest that is thrilling. The film is even funnier than the first and having a scene with a naked Stephen Fry as Holmes's older brother you can only thank god it's not filmed in 3D! But what makes this film superior to the first is in the shape of Holmes's nemesis brilliantly played by Jared Harris as he plays it not as a hissable bad guy , but some one who matches Holmes intelectually but is the flip side of him. Every scene they are together is mesmerising. But unfortuntly the film does have a few faults Noomi Rapace (Girl with the Dragon tattoo) plays a gypsy looking for her brother but in her first English speaking role is seriously under used and all she seems to do is eat, drink where a hat and run. Also maybe at times the clever plot does tie it's self up in knots leading to confusion that can be rushly explained, but they are niggles in what is a great old school adventure film with a few modern twists that;s much bugger, funnier than the first, leaving us all waiting for the third chapter.
See if you like......
Shelock Holmes 2009.
Indiana Jones Quadrilogy.
Snatch.
Lock Stock and two Smoking Barrels.
Rock N Roller.
From Hell.

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  It's a fine Bromance!

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The first movie played it safe and payed off, as this refreshing update of the victorian super sleuth was a massive it, so it came as no surprise that two years later comes this much bigger sequel. But has we all know Bigger is not always better and being so quick of the mark you could expect to be disappointed.
The thing is that A game of Shadows is mostly a huge success. For the first twenty minutes you could be forgiven for wondering what's going on as the plot seems all over the place, but just like the first 2009 movie the fun is finding the clues, and as this movie progresses they all start to fit into shape like a jugsaw puzzle. Downey JR and Law are the perfect couple, so much so that you expect them to be married as they bicker but you know they love each other deep down in a man-love kind of way. This is impounded when Watson gets married and Holmes sulks off.
Things pick up with a outstanding train sequence and the fantastic slow-mo mortar shelling of a forrest that is thrilling. The film is even funnier than the first and having a scene with a naked Stephen Fry as Holmes's older brother you can only thank god it's not filmed in 3D! But what makes this film superior to the first is in the shape of Holmes's nemesis brilliantly played by Jared Harris as he plays it not as a hissable bad guy , but some one who matches Holmes intelectually but is the flip side of him. Every scene they are together is mesmerising. But unfortuntly the film does have a few faults Noomi Rapace (Girl with the Dragon tattoo) plays a gypsy looking for her brother but in her first English speaking role is seriously under used and all she seems to do is eat, drink where a hat and run. Also maybe at times the clever plot does tie it's self up in knots leading to confusion that can be rushly explained, but they are niggles in what is a great old school adventure film with a few modern twists that;s much bugger, funnier than the first, leaving us all waiting for the third chapter.
See if you like......
Shelock Holmes 2009.
Indiana Jones Quadrilogy.
Snatch.
Lock Stock and two Smoking Barrels.
Rock N Roller.
From Hell.

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