* * * ½ (Joyce)
This sequel was a bit too shadowy for me, filled with quick cuts, stop motion effects, and disconnected scenes that I found difficult to follow. On the other hand, Joyce – the one with the higher IQ – enjoyed the challenge of figuring out just what the heck was going on.
Robert Downey Jr. is back as the London detective, complete with all his frailties, deductive talents and ridiculous disguises. Also returning as Dr. Watson is Jude Law, who is about to be married, and following is whisked away from his bride to help Holmes solve a complicated case.
I thought that the cleverness of Holmes discovering clues and putting them all together was lost in the never-ending action and running around in the shadows. While there are some great scenes of London and Paris in the 1890s, much of the movie is shot in the dark.
Noomi Rapace is good as the gypsy girl who aids Holmes and Watson in solving a mish-mash of a case involving an arms factory in Germany and lots of explosions, which start before the credits and continue to the very end. Of course, the evil Professor Moriarty is involved.
There is an exciting scene on a moving train and the usual summing up of all the clues to solve the case. But for my part, it was just too over the top.
Rated PG-13, with violence.