It was a no brainer when I had to choose between the much anticipated Sherlock Holmes : A Game of Shadows or The Darkest Hour (two choices of FREE movie tickets on the SAME day. *sigh*). Benedict is right to point out that The Darkest Hour may be to sci-fi for my liking.
No regrets tho, for picking Sherlock Holmes, as I did enjoy the movie so very much.
If you are die-hard Sherlock purist, you would say that the role played is nothing of that as potrayed in the novel. Well, it isn't and it is the way it was meant to be. I said it once (in the first Sherlock Holmes movie), I'd said it again, ex-Mr. Madonna aka Guy Ritchie did a brilliant job in reinventing the prim & proper Sherlock Holmes as depicted by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his novels into a more pompous character, carried really well by Robert Downey Jr.
Shoving Watson's bride off a train (on their way to their honeymoon at that), attempt to kill Watson's dog (for the umpteenth time), trying out his urban camoufludge suit, and the series of disguises carried out kept me laughing again and again.
No disappointment in the movie narration either - the scene was not too long and draggy, nor was it too brief and cut-short. I loved the computer-game style CGI too!
If you liked the first film, you would LOVE this one!
Official summary of this movie as below :
Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room... until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty—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, 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.