Ever since Guy Ritchie created the modernized avatar of Sherlock Holmes against the background as visualized by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his movie of 2009, I was very sure that the sequel or the series bug would bite sooner than later. A GAME OF SHADOWS has all that was served in the first outing, and on a grander scale than that. Beginning from the grandiose plans of Moriarty, the villain, to do something to instigate a world war to the romping action sequences and imbued with several double entendre dialogues, A GAME OF SHADOWS offers everything on a higher pitch. And if you enjoyed Robert Downey’s first outing, it looks likely that you will lap up this second offering as well with just as much of a relish!
All of this plus Robert Downey Jr’s portrayal as a swashbuckling hero made me wonder as to whether Jack Sparrow had returned to the big screen in a different avatar! Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes has the same wit, sparkle and mischief of Jack Sparrow; his mannerisms and actions indicate that he has more body than mind. He seems to be more at home in action sequences than when he is applying his mind for deductions! His wit and charm are the only similarities to the original character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, apart from, of course his name and address and his ever loyal deputy, Watson.
In fact, if one were to take away the Sherlock Holmes appendage from the character’s name and call him by say, a name like Herlock Solmes, and his side-kick as Satwon, the purists, too could be roped in as part of the audience. One is then creating a new character and we would not mind, if in the next sequel, we have the hero dangling from The Tower of London or doing a waltz in a Canterbury Castle or even making love in a horse-drawn carriage as it blisters away on the cobbled-paths of London’s back alleys! One bit of advice to those who would like to watch this movie: it proceeds at a blistering pace and if you were to blink a couple of times at the wrong times, it is very likely that you will miss out the story links. But to know when those wrong times occur, you need to be fully awake while watching the movie!
Watch this movie, just for fun and its light-heartedness; Guy Ritchie scores, once again, without a doubt! He would have scored better if he had called his hero Sherlock Sparrow or Jack Holmes!!
RATING: 3.5 out of 5
January 3, 2012

About The eternally happy Vijay

A cheerful person who loves watching and reviewing movies and indulges in random writings!
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