Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is in fact a bit better than the first installment. It still has the awesome chemistry between Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law (which is the # 1 reason to watch). The unique directing style of Guy Ritchie. And this time, I did not figure it all out in the first 30 minutes (it was pretty predictable first time around). I enjoyed myself a lot. It was pure entertainment–which is exactly how I felt about the first one–even with its faults.
Yet, with Game of Shadows they have the added a wonderful adversary with Professor Moriarty–who Jared Harris plays perfectly. Some of the best moments are not the action or fight sequences–although still cool–but the mental chess match between these two brilliant minds. I also like Stephen Fry as the “other Holmes”–Sherlock’s big brother. The only disappointment was the under use of Noomi Rapace. They did nothing with her character–they did not even give her a personality and that was a shame.
Overall it was fun and well executed. I love Robert Downey, Jr and he seems to love playing this part and that makes it a blast to watch. I do not judge these movies as true Sherlock Holmes–but as blockbuster films made with a Sherlock character–and there is nothing wrong with that.