Just go and watch “A Game of Shadows”, the last Sherlock Holmes film. You won’t regret it. Folks, I assure you it’s worth the price of the ticket and more. It’s fantastical, furious and really funny – and in my opinion much better than the 2009 film which revived the Holmes franchise.

Here’s for you a quick plot summary:

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large-Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)-and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder-a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction-all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.

I’m not sure how many more times Ritchie and Downey can go to this well before we tire of the whole shtick, but for now the game is afoot and we should enjoy it while we can. The film is a wise mix of action, wit and repressed feelings. Jude Law is an attractive yet very believable Doctor Watson, while Robert Downey Jr. gives a humorous yet profound nuance to the famous Conan Doyle character. The scene where he throws in the wind the hankerchief of his only love, the thief Irene Adler (Rachel Adams), who was killed by Moriarty, is touchy and sad without being neither cheesy nor over the top.

Guy Ritchie has managed to hide a message in this highly entertaining movie, giving us his personal insight about was and its causes, not to mention the production of weapons on a large scale.

What you get with ‘A Game of Shadows’ is a story that never runs out of steam and a pleasurable evening’s entertainment, full of humour and adventure, bittered by the inevitable loss of loved ones.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Directed By: Guy Ritchie

Written By: Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney

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