Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows

Guy Ritchie (2011)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Robert Downey Jr adopts the mantle of Britain's most famous fictional detective once again, although, as in his previous outing, it is more comic book than Conan Doyle. His Holmes is as physical as he is cerebral and the film relies heavily on Downey Jr's natural charm and comic timing. It's 1891 and Holmes and Dr Watson (Jude Law) are required to travel across western Europe to stop evil genius Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) from starting the First World War early. The plot affords the opportunity for Downey to take his top off again and to dress up as a woman and wrestle on a couch with Watson. It also provides Stephen Fry, as Holmes's smarter brother Mycroft, with his own nude scene, played for comic effect rather than as competition to Downey Jr's Iron Man torso. The sets are spectacular and many of the characterisations highly entertaining, though the actual detective work is visualised in fast-forward as if it were an MTV video. The comedy also dilutes any sense of jeopardy but the sheer gusto of the cast at least means this romp is a watchable one.


The detective investigates a series of seemingly unconnected crimes all around the world, and becomes convinced one man is behind them all - the elusive Professor Moriarty. He sets forth on an international journey to bring the evil mastermind to justice, but finds he is dealing with a foe who is his intellectual equal. Detective thriller sequel, starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris.

Cast & Crew

Sherlock Holmes Robert Downey Jr
Dr John Watson Jude Law
Madam Simza Heron Noomi Rapace
Professor James Moriarty Jared Harris
Mycroft Holmes Stephen Fry
Col Sebastian Moran Paul Anderson
Irene Adler Rachel McAdams
Insp Lestrade Eddie Marsan
Director Guy Ritchie
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence and brief nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Dec 2011