After a slam bang first adventure with Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson, I came into this one expecting a lot of the same. And it was. A LOT of slam bang but without the storyline of the first and inevitably, that’s what does this movie in.
Sherlock Holmes (once again played with psychotic glee by Robert Downey, Jr.) is facing off against a foe who matches his intellect and has money to burn. The villain is James Moriarty (Jared Harris), a professor at one of the most prestigious colleges in the world, and a man who is looking to get rich off a world war that he is attempting to create. It’s up to Holmes and his trusty sidekick (once again played by Jude Law) to thwart his villainous attempts and keep the world safe from the clutches of an evil villain.
This is, of course, an abbreviated version of an extremely cumbersome plot that has our heroes bouncing all over the place, avoiding death in some of the most unbelievable ways (when director Guy Ritchie slow mo’s bullets and gun parts, the movie starts to feel like a remake of the first one) and exchanging barbs about Holmes’ psychosis and Watson’s recent nuptials. This is all well and good in the early parts of the movie, however as the time passes, it all starts to feel a little stale, almost as if the writers decided to lean on the obvious instead of coming up with new material.
With the introduction of Noomi Rapace (from “The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo” original version) as a gypsy, the writers have an interesting character who goes without much to do (except in a cool early fight sequence) and the death of a major character goes without much fanfare. So they had 2 opportunities to create something a little more interesting in the plot but let them go by the wayside in an attempt to give Holmes and Watson more time to bicker with one another.
If I had to say one thing about this movie it’s that it’s a disappointment but not on a colossal level. If you LOVED the first one, you’ll be disappointed. If you LIKED the first one you’ll find this one to be mildly amusing (like I did). But if you didn’t get the first one at all, don’t even bother with this one because it’s more of the same…unfortunately.
Overall Rating: C