Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return in Sherlock Holmes. While the plot itself is rather simple, compared to what we have seen in the past couple years, with Inception, The Dark Knight, and Harry Potter completely blowing up what it means to be complex, A Game of Shadows brings us a different type of complexity: intellectual dialogue.
A Game of Shadows is quite difficult to follow, sporting artistically creative dialogue that suggests at everything yet reveals nothing, giving us a glimpse of what it must be like to see the world through the eyes of Holmes. Unfortunately, the theater does not stop for contemplation, ergo, it is up to the audience to try and dissect the meaning of the dialogue while watching Robert Downey Jr. and Law scramble through the woods, shrapnel flying everywhere, bullets shredding bark and flesh alike. It is a masterpiece, a true intellectual work that deserves the utmost respect and a secondary analysis.
Now, introduce Jared Harris as Professor James Moriarty, a rather nasty combination. Harris was an excellent choice for this rather sinister character in that Harris is able to convey the sadistic quality in Moriarty, giving us a chill whenever he tries to smile yet ultimately succeeds in only smirking, grimacing, or whatever it is — a rather unsightly image that fits the character to the utmost.
Holmes meets Moriarty, both are geniuses in the game of shadows, playing people like chess pieces, moving carefully, deliberately, in a scheme to outplay the other. For once, we see Holmes at a loss, even confessing to a mistake. Has Sherlock Holmes ultimately found his match? Watch to know.
Sherlock Holmes is a 8.5/10.