My husband and I don’t go to the movie theater too often these days for a couple of reasons. One, it’s getting too expensive to go too often; and two, the small town we live in only has a four-screen theater, and most of the time there is nothing playing that we are interested in seeing. We went this past weekend though. Our theater was showing “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and that was one movie we really wanted to see. We loved the first Holmes movie in 2009 and had been anxiously awaiting this one since we first saw the previews earlier this year.
I’m not a big Robert Downey Jr. fan, although I’ve really like him lately. He’s awesome as Ironman, and equally great as Sherlock Holmes. Jude Law plays Holmes’ sidekick, Dr. Watson, and does a respectable job. I don't normally like slow motion or stop action sequences, but they are necessary in these Holmes movies as they help the audience follow Holmes' thought process. I thought Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was better than the first Downey/Law pairing in 2009.
Spoiler alert: If you plan to see the movie and don’t want to know how it ends, don’t read any further.
In “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”, Holmes and Watson are out to put a stop to a plot by their nemesis, Dr. Moriarty. Moriarty is out to start a war between nations, and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Moriarty has recently bought shares in several factories across England that will benefit if there is a war. He poisons Irene Adler, kidnaps Holmes, and plans to assassinate heads of state. Moriarty also tells Holmes that if he and Watson continue to investigate him, Moriarty will target Watson as well.
Watson has just gotten married and he and his bride, Mary, are on a train heading toward their honeymoon. Holmes shows up and throws Mary off the train to keep her safe. Holmes and Watson continue tracking Moriarty across Europe, hoping to put an end to his plot to start a war. Along the way, Holmes rescues a gypsy whom Moriarty has also targeted, and she helps Holmes and Watson in their quest.
At a party in Switzerland, in which Moriarty has planned an assassination, he and Holmes meet on the balcony overlooking a waterfall. Here they play a game of chess, which is really a game of life or death. After distracting Moriarty, Holmes grabs him and they both tumble off the balcony into the waterfall below, and are presumed dead.
Back in London, Watson has just finished writing about his latest adventure with Holmes when a package is delivered to him. Seeing the package’s contents, Watson starts to wonder if Holmes is alive after all and leaves the room to question Mary about the package's delivery. Holmes, who has been hiding in the room, appears and adds a little something to Watson’s story.