People have an innate desire for conflict. So what you are fighting is not me, but rather mankind. War, on an industrial scale, is inevitable. I'm just supplying the bullets and bandages...
After the success of 2009's Sherlock Holmes which was decidedly new rendition of the Holmes legend that was well written but seemed predictable at times, Warner Brother's increased the action, humor, and mystery in the sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Returning once again from the first film are Robert Downey Jr reprising his role of the expert sleuth, and Jude Law returns as his trusty companion who goes along on his crazy adventures. Robert Downey Jr always has the last line and makes an even better Sherlock Holmes character than he did in the first. He's a bit different, a little more on the tamer side of things but crazier than ever. Unlike the Pirates sequels, WB doesn't make Holmes act sillier and not too much to become a jester of his own character. Their are restraints on his goofy antics but Robert Downey Jr keeps everything under control. As for Jude Law's Watson, things get more funnier situations for him. He's slightly on the offside but more in touch with Holmes wildness and somewhat joins him in circus acts. Jude Law has greatly improved his under-developed Doctor Watson from the first and added more in depth story to him.
New to the movie are Noomi Rapace as Madame Simza. Noomi, is a fantastic new addition to the franchise and I hope she returns for a third movie. Jarred Harris plays the evil mastermind Moriarty in this sequel. He's a cunning and smart villain who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Moriarty is always one step ahead of the group and Harris does an excellent job at portraying this infamously foe in the Holmes mythology.
With a fresh new take on a classic story, interesting characters, and more action than the first, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows makes for a near perfect sequel that is better than the first. What I liked even more about this film was that it is unlike the first film, unpredictable. I love the unpredictability of not knowing where this movie will take us next since it makes it more surprising and a lot more exciting.