4 A fine Bromance!MovieAddict | 20/12/2011 | See all MovieAddict's reviews (1336)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer 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 Professor Moriarty, brilliantly played by Jared Harris (son of Richard) 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 unfortuntley 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.