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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows chokes in the homestretch 

Downey Jr remains the reason to watch Guy Ritchie's action franchise

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Robert Downey Jr.’s ability to simultaneously serve as an action hero, a serious dramatist and a sly comedian has driven his two big-budget franchises, Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes. Downey brings all his talents to bear again here as the brilliant sleuth pitted this time against his most famous nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), who’s bought up a stockpile of munitions and wants to reap the financial benefits by starting a world war. The bickering banter between Holmes and steadfast partner Dr. Watson (Jude Law) is the highlight of a film that runs out of steam once it exchanges a wonderfully imagined 1890s London and heads for France and Germany. Director Guy Ritchie wants big action, but the more bullets he sends flying, the more he stalls the momentum.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 128 min. · 2011
Official Site: www.sherlockholmes2.com
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham
Producer: Susan Downey, Dan Lin, Joel Silver and Lionel Wigram
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan, Robert Maillet, Geraldine James, Kelly Reilly, William Houston and Hans Matheson

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