“Hidden within the unconsciousness is an insatiable desire for conflict.”-Prof. Moriarty
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is the most action-packed of both films – it retains the same deductive reasoning and slow-mo transitions that the first movie introduced in a most unique fashion. This will be elaborated upon in my full review.
“Unlike you, I repress nothing.”-Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.)“Perfectly normal.”-Dr. Watson (Jude Law)
From a Christian and family perspective, this movie is a bundle of fun with a plethora of concerns. There is a gypsy woman whose occupation is fortune telling. The demonic is not, however, as fully pressed in this movie as it was in the first. Before she can even get out a word of Sherlock’s fortune, Sherlock tells her he would like to give her fortune. He uses the cards while presenting his points, then rescues her from an assassin. Therefore, it is not as dark as one may suspect from the previews, yet the concept should be noted. There are many fights, such as those between Sherlock and Watson against various mobs, including at a place where gambling is taking place. This movie, taking into account the action, flirtatious content (to be discussed in the full review), should be suitable for children aged 15+ (Common Sense Media recommends age 14+, however, it may be a bit much even for fourteen year olds, depending on their maturity level and “tolerance”).
Faithfulness to Conan Doyle
The film includes a scene or two which appeared within the original Sherlock Holmes stories, however, aside from those, the film has taken a different, one might say fresh, turn away from the original novels and characterization. Mycroft, Sherlock’s brother, is much more outgoing than he is portrayed in the novels and is used for comedy relief. Sherlock retains his oddities and singularity, plus his deductive qualities, yet has changed in other respects. He has more of an interest in Irene Adler than he had in the novel – exchanging kisses and flirtatious notions. In the original, he merely had an admiration for her, bordering on love. Watson is… well, that is in itself a long explanation and I will save that for the full review.