Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [2011]

Contrived sequel to the 2009 film by Guy Ritchie, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows takes itself too seriously sometimes, which makes it harder to love (the first one was effortlessly pleasing) but, just as its predecessor it’s irresistibly stylish. I’m in love with the dark, Victorian yet oddly futuristic look of the movie. Robert Downey Jr. is expectedly good as Holmes but this time Jude Law is the standout. For such a strong dramatic actor, his comic timing is perfect. Noomi Rapace from the Swedish Millennium trilogy is a welcome (but underused) addition to the cast. Celebrated composer Hans Zimmer provides another spectacular, lively score.