Blu-ray Review: ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ – Comedy Overshadows Deduction

The first Sherlock Holmes movie, starring Robert Downey Jr. as the famed detective and Jude Law as Dr. Watson, began with a startling bullet-time sequence that made Holmes feel more like an action hero than a detective. The cerebral sleuth exchanged deduction for Downey wit to marginal success.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the sequel to the 2009 film, hit theaters a year after showrunners Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat reminded us just what a real Sherlock story was all about. BBC’s Sherlock series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson, was a mesmerizing tale that dissected the very essence of Holmes and implanted it into the modern world. Sadly, after Cumberbatch put his stamp on Holmes, watching Downey Jr. reprise the role is more akin to a comedic spoof than a detective story. Mad Men star Jared Harris joined the cast of A Game of Shadows as Holmes’ arch nemesis,
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