A.V. Club - Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows Review

A.V. Club - 2009’s Sherlock Holmes was one of the year’s most pleasant surprises, dragging Arthur Conan Doyle’s venerable detective hero into the age of big-screen blockbusters with affection and style. Director Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels) dialed back his annoying tendency to emphasize flash and attitude above all, Jude Law made for a dryly self-deprecating Dr. Watson, and Robert Downey Jr.—dodgy accent and all—played up Holmes’ more extreme habits to create a winningly unhinged hero. The central mystery was a big nothing, and the film didn’t have much depth, but Sherlock Holmes worked as loud, brisk entertainment with enough Doyle DNA to still be recognizably Holmesian. (Besides, anyone looking for a more thoughtful take on Holmes could look to the Steven Moffat-shepherded BBC series Sherlock.)

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StarWarsFan1763d ago

Burn. That grade must hurt.