Guy Ritchie’s intriguing film “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows” is a fascinating mystery with many twists and turns that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire movie. Sherlock Holmes, played by Robert Downey Jr., and his partner John Watson, played by Jude Law, endure many dangers and challenges to stop Professor James Moriarty from achieving his plan to light the fuse in the collapse of western civilization in Europe.
The movie is fast paced and requires full concentration to keep up with the clever plot. The suspense is appealing to those who enjoy a quick thinking mystery with plot twists and interesting characters weaving in and out of the storyline. Not only is the plot interesting, but the movie moves through multiple cultures to enrich the interest. The landscape and European colors of various ethnicities and styles come and go as quickly as the thoughts and actions of Sherlock and Watson.
The storyline is unpredictable and engaging. Holmes doesn’t always win all the battles and come out on top which keeps you glued to the screen wondering what will happen next.
The suspense is balanced with humor that makes the movie appealing to comedy fans as well as mystery lovers. The back and forth banter and quips between the crime solving duo keeps the pace of the movie exciting but enjoyably light. The dialogue which moves with speed brings laughter in the middle of a rainfall of bullets or during the leisurely ride on the afternoon train. And like that train, the viewer never knows what’s going to happen just around the corner.
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