He's a Holmes Away from Holmes; Downey Jr Makes a Manic Hero

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Miranda Cashin

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

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

Director: Guy Ritchie

Rated: M

Reviewer: Miranda Cashin

Verdict:

ONE minute he's dressing in drag as a woman. The next, he's 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. That Holmes was grave, precise and logical.

Here, Downey is manic, emotional and dramatic. He is the Captain Jack Sparrow of the detective world, part postmodern superhero, clown, supersleuth and all charm.

Along with Watson (Jude Law), Holmes is back for a second case to which director Guy Ritchie sticks to the formula laid down in the first film, upping the ante only slightly. The villain this time round is an arms dealer set upon starting World War One couple of decades early.

He doesn't stay lurking in the shadows but rather dances with Holmes in a series of escalating confrontations. …

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