A Flamboyant but Fun Flick; Downey Jr's Manic Holmes Has Little Resemblance to Conan Doyle's Precise Creation

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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

Stars: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams

Director: Guy Ritchie

Rated: M

Reviewer: Miranda Cashin

Verdict: 3/5

ONE minute he's dressing in drag as a woman, the next in armchair camouflage and tittering in a high-pitched giggle. This Holmes is perhaps the most flamboyant action hero in Hollywood history.

Other than his name, Robert Downey Jr's Holmes bears little resemblance to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation. He was grave, precise and logical. Here Downey is manic, emotional and dramatic. He is the Captain Jack Sparrow of the detective world, part post-modern superhero, clown, supersleuth and all charm.

Along with Watson, (Jude Law) Holmes is back for a second case and director Guy Ritchie sticks to the formula laid down in the first film, only slightly upping the ante.

The villain this time round is an arms dealer set upon starting the First World War a couple of decades early.

He doesn't stay lurking in the shadows but rather dances with Holmes in a series of escalating confrontations playing both a literal and metaphorical game of chess. …