Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Director: Guy Ritchie
Year Released: 2011
Rating: 3.0

Rousing return of the famous duo, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) has them hunting down (and trying to out-wit) criminal mastermind (and college professor!) Dr. Moriarty (Jared Harris, still one of my favorite actors working). Sure, there are a few too many video-game-y stylistic flourishes by Ritchie (there's also a lot of fisticuffs), but I still find this reboot of the classic characters (by Doyle) to be fun popcorn cinema, helped in large part by the witty repartee of Downey and Law, who continue to play off each other quite well. Some are likely to argue the BBC's own modern revamping of the Sherlock stories (with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) is far superior as far as detective narratives go, but I think there's room in the world for that version and this CGI-heavy, punching/kicking approach. The more Sherlock you can get, the better.