This is one of those entries where there is such a huge gap between when the movie was released and when I finally decided to write something up about it, that I’m not going to bother with any spoilers and just get straight down to reviewing it.
That being said, my first thought after watching this film was one of disappointment; it didn’t quite live up to the expectations that I was hoping for. Yes there were funny moments–in fact, the ending was probably one of the funniest endings to a movie that I have ever seen. Other than that, most of my problem with this movie was how disjointed and dry the story seemed to be this time around. (Although, one might argue that I have been spoiled by the Sherlock BBC series, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Rupert Graves. I suppose I couldn’t really disagree; Mark Gatiss and Steve Moffat are wonderful storytellers.)
Probably the biggest disappointment of all is that after watching this film, it’s made me all the more anxious for the next three episodes of the Sherlock BBC series, which will supposedly air sometime spring of next year, and also has me wishing more than ever that Guy Ritchie would return to entertaining the idea of a sequel to his 2008 RocknRolla, and perhaps even get around to finishing that. I would totally love to see more of Toby Kebbell and Mark Strong; yes, Tom Hardy and Gerard Butler were there too, but Kebbell and Strong were my favorites in that movie. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it. I think it was a terribly underrated film–it was sarcastic and hilarious.
Anyway, I digress. Onto the review bit for this movie.
Re-watch Factor: **
FINAL VERDICT: C+
I found this to be a pretty average viewing experience. It wasn’t so awful that I could cry, but it definitely seemed a little long in places. I think the picture quality was good enough to want to watch it in theaters, but the actor playing the role of Jim Moriarty in this movie got on my nerves. Rachel McAdam’s character’s sudden death very early on in the film almost seemed like a waste of casting too. Overall, I think that I prefer Ritchie’s first movie over this one.
In general, as far as sequels go, I think you can do a lot worse than A Game of Shadows. I felt it left a “been there, done that” impression on me. Since it was so similar to its predecessor, I couldn’t say it was any worse than Sherlock Holmes, but definitely no better either. Nonetheless, I thought it was a fun, mindless watch as I liked the style Guy Ritchie went for in both movies.
True, very true. There was definitely a point in the movie where it just seemed to drag along forever though.