Brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) matches wits with the nefarious Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) after uncovering a diabolical plot to destabilize the entire Western world in this sequel from director Guy Ritchie. A criminal mastermind without a conscience, Professor Moriarty is Holmes' worst nightmare -- a man who uses his incredible intellect for unspeakably evil purposes. When the Crown Prince of Austria dies and Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan) rules the death a suicide, Holmes steps back to see the big picture. But little does Holmes realize that Professor Moriarty is about to commit a crime that will shock the entire world, and that solving it may be the death of him. Jude Law returns as Holmes' faithful sidekick Dr. Watson in a sequel also featuring The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Even Robert Downey Jr. couldn't rescue this one from the rubbish bin. The dialogue was overly effervescent and superficial, the plot contrived, there was too much cross dressing and overtones of a latent gay relationship between Holmes and Watson. It fell flat.
meh. not nearly as good or as fun as the first. So much potential wasted. The first one set this up so well but as usual the sequel didn't deliver the goods. The best scene of the movie comes at the end, I will give them credit for that. Here's hoping if there is a third installment they can pull it off because the characters a fantastic.
A bit too cute for its own good, this installment of Downey's take on Holmes is still fun. Could have used a faster pace for the 2nd act, the finale and set pieces make up for the stale bits. I know the Holmes/Watson dynamic is not for everyone and does get stale at times, the overall tone and action are still above average. I found myself wishing Moriarty could have been more devious/evil (like the current version on BBC), but he was still passable. Worth a watch.
Very popular movie, too bad my local blockbusters never have it in stock. plenty of lame new releases filling up and falling off the shelves. For example "Gone" or the one about two cia agents and reese witherspoon spooning them both. garbage!