All smoke and mirrors
WHILE director Guy Ritchie doesn’t get this follow- up to his 2009 reimagining of Sherlock Holmes wrong, per se, he doesn’t exactly get a whole lot right with it, either. Visually it’s again a highlight, but the preoccupation with looking snazzy and infusing this sequel with a general air of smugness smothers the better bits.
Robert Downey Jr returns as the super sleuth, as does Jude Law as offsider Doc Watson. The duo are trying to stop Holmes’s arch- nemesis professor Moriarty from kick- starting a European war. The simple joy of the mystery is overshadowed by blockbusting effects and countless action scenes and makes Holmes look more like an action- hungry Victorian 007 than the very deliberate clever dick we all love. But it has some plotting subtleties that work well and if you liked Ritchie’s take the first time, it’ll likely be your cup of tea. Extras: A sprinkling of production/ interview featurettes – three in total – on the chemistry of the two leads, getting supervillian Moriarty just right and the action scenes.