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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [2011] (1 disc)

Director:Guy Ritchie
Writer:Kieran Mulroney
Michele Mulroney
Composer:Hans Zimmer
Length:129 minutes
(2 hours 9 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
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IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:60%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Reaction: A great followup to the first film, though a bit too much on the big action set pieces.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Guy Ritchie => Director
Kieran Mulroney => Writer
Michele Mulroney => Writer
Hans Zimmer => Composer
Arthur Conan Doyle => Characters & Original Stories
Affif Ben Badra => Tamas (as Afif Ben Badra)
Clive Russell => Captain Tanner
Daniel Naprous => Marko
Eddie Marsan => Inspector Lestrade
Geraldine James => Mrs. Hudson
Ian Wilson-Pope => Leporello
Jack Laskey => Carruthers
Jared Harris => Professor James Moriarty
Joe Egan => Big Joe
Jude Law => Dr. John Watson
Kelly Reilly => Mary Watson
Lancelot Weaver => Stefan
Mark Evans => Don Giovanni (as Mark Llewelyn-Evans)
Noomi Rapace => Madam Simza Heron
Pamela Hay => Elvira
Paul Anderson => Colonel Sebastian Moran
Rachel McAdams => Irene Adler
Robert Downey Jr. => Sherlock Holmes
Stanley Kaye => Stanley
Stephen Fry => Mycroft Holmes
Thierry Neuvic => Claude Ravache
Thorston Manderlay => Alfred Meinhard
Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik => Andrzej (as Vladimir Furdik)
William Houston => Constable Clark
Wolf Kahler => Doctor Hoffmanstahl

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The movie is primarily based on the short story {The Final Problem} by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (and to a lesser extent on {The Empty House}), but also shows aspects from other [Sherlock Holmes] stories: {The Sign of Four} (introduction of Watson's fiancée); {The Greek Interpreter} (introduction of Mycroft Holmes); {Valley of Fear} (explanation of Moriarty's underworld empire); {The Speckled Band}; {The Dying Detective}; {Bruce Partington Plans}; and {The Second Stain}.
  • Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, [?] Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn and Javier Bardem were considered to play Moriarty.
  • Sophie Marceau, [?] Audrey Tautou, Penélope Cruz, Juliette Binoche, [?] Virginie Ledoyen, Eva Green, Marion Cotillard and [?] Cécile De France were considered to play Sim before Noomi Rapace was cast.
  • Sherlock defeats Moriarty by pulling him over Reichenbach Falls, with both of them falling to their apparent deaths; Holmes is later shown to have survived. In Arthur Conan Doyle's story {The Final Problem} (intended to be the final [Sherlock Holmes] story), Holmes defeats Moriarty in the same way, by falling over a waterfall to the apparent death of both. However, in response to overwhelming public demand, Doyle wrote another story and resurrected Holmes.
  • Watson's voice over speech during Sherlock Holmes' funeral was taken almost word for word from the story {The Final Problem}, in which Sherlock Holmes "dies" pulling Moriarty over a cliff with him.
  • At the beginning when Watson is typing, the camera pans over typed excerpts from Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, including {The Blue Carbuncle} and {A Study in Scarlet}.
  • Due to Warner Bros.' fast-tracking of this sequel, director Guy Ritchie was forced to drop out of Lobo, while Robert Downey Jr. was forced to drop out of Cowboys & Aliens.
  • Stephen Fry (Mycroft) and Jared Harris (Moriarty) share the same birthday.
  • The medals Watson wears during his stag party are the Afghan War Medal (red and green ribbon) and the Kandahar Bronze Star (multi-colored striped ribbon), which would make Watson a veteran of the Second Afghan War (1878-1880).
  • At the end of the train sequence, Watson says to Holmes, "Once more unto the breach". This is a line from a speech in Henry V by William Shakespeare. Much later in the play's speech, Henry V also exclaims, "The game is afoot", which Holmes used as a catchphrase in Arthur Conan Doyle's stories.
  • In 2003 Stephen Fry appeared on the UK quiz show Celebrity Mastermind. His special subject was Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, including a question on Mycroft Holmes. He choose this topic because he loved [Sherlock Holmes] stories as a child and at the age of 10 was the youngest member of London's Sherlock Holmes Appreciation Society.
  • Watson is called "John H. Watson" in the Arthur Conan Doyle stories except for one brief scene in {The Man with the Twisted Lip} when his wife calls him "James." This puzzled scholars for years until [?] Dorothy L. Sayers suggested that the "H" stood for "Hamish," the Scottish equivalent of "James." In the film Watson's middle name is "Hamish."
  • The text of the note that Holmes leaves Watson on the packing crate reads: "Come at once if convenient. If inconvenient come all the same". This quote is taken directly from Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle's short story {The Adventure of the Creeping Man}.
  • The chess game between Holmes and Moriarty was based on a real match between [?] Bent Larsen & [?] Tigran Petrosian in 1966 in Santa Monica. The game had a Queen sacrifice and discovered checkmate to win the game. The opening moves are slightly different and the colors have been reversed though.
  • The 15-second onscreen dance between Jude Law and Noomi Rapace in the gypsy camp took three days to shoot.
  • Robert Downey Jr. came up with the idea for the disguise as a cross-dresser, which was originally a priest. Whether Downey knew it or not, in {The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone} Holmes is in fact said to have disguised himself as an old woman.
  • The chess board motif runs through out the whole film in either actual chess boards or floors with Black and white checkered squares.