Sherlock Holmes; There have been plenty of Sherlock Holmes film adaptations over the years, but in 2009 we received our modern revitalization of the character. Sherlock Holmes was a magnificent introduction to the character. The starring duo of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson, respectively, are the best pair to take on these roles. Accompanying them as the antagonist is Mark Strong – never ceasing to impress with his acting. Holmes and Watson as characters have a charming dynamic that makes them both all the more likable. Although, their villain, Lord Blackwood, is much more intimidating in his off-screen presence than otherwise. Either way, the story is great at introducing a new generation of viewers to the character and remaining a classic detective tale. It’s a highly enjoyable flick that gives an over hundred year old character new life and can be watched time and time again.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows; Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows again casts Robert Downey Jr. (RDJ) in the titular role of Sherlock Holmes, as he attempts to thwart his nemesis Professor James Moriarty. RDJ is once again excellent as Holmes, bringing a chaotic and eccentric energy to the character that will surely excite any audience member. Alongside him, of course, is his partner John Watson played to perfection by Jude Law. They work just fine on their own, but together they are a powerhouse performance of charm and likability. Director Guy Ritchie centers an action packed and thrilling story around these characters – putting his signature eye for visual spectacle to good use. Scenes that would be just fine on their own are taken to another level when he’s behind the camera. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a bigger and more confident sequel that isn’t afraid to inject originality into the iconic “Holmes” name.
It’s difficult to compare these two films as they are so even in many ways. However, by a slim margin Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows slightly edges out its predecessor. While the acting, scriptwork, and direction are pretty equal for both movies, the tight storytelling and enjoyability of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows just barely pushes it past the original. From the electrifying action scenes to the thrilling plot developments that punctuate its runtime, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows shows its superiority in this debate. Its story of Holmes finally colliding with the iconic villain James Moriarty is a dream come true for many fans and the battles that ensue between them are riveting to say the least. Throw in another stellar duo performance from Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows emerges as the clear winner. So yes, while both films are similar in quality, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows takes our vote between the two.
Sherlock Holmes – Cinemaster Score: 8/10
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – Cinemaster Score: 8/10