Let’s make a statement before we begin: The only thing Game of Shadows really has to do with anything authentically Sherlockian is that it has some dude called Sherlock
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To be fair to all concerned, if you were going to play it by the book, you could never come up
The end result is some great action sequences, a solid plot, superb acting from all concerned and one or two exceptional set pieces.
Maybe it’s because it’s a Sherlock Holmes movie and I didn’t get a Sherlock Holmes that I recognise. The movie could have been called Young Indiana Jones – A Game of Shadows and the world wouldn’t have missed a beat.
A big, slick, fun movie that should please everybody but it’s a bit like walking into your house and finding somebody moved all the furniture around while you were out.