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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows


Year: 2011 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Guy Ritchie 
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris  
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Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr) and Dr. Watson (Law) are back together to face their new nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). The Honeymoon period for Watson and his new wife are cut short when both he and Sherlock find that, once again, the game is afoot. But what else could be expected from ‘the most formidable criminal mind in Europe?’

This sequel to the much-loved epic is packed with well known faces from the movie world to delight everyone’s tastes. This includes the English gent in the form of Stephen Fry, playing Holmes’ older brother, Mycroft. The gorgeous Noomi Rapace, well known for her part in The Millennium Trilogy, also stars next to the equally stunning returning actress, Rachel McAdams. Not forgetting the great team that is Downey Jr and Law. The banter between them is just as great as in the first film, making light of the crazy action occurring around them.

The story would appeal to those that are die-hard fans of the cunning sleuth as the villain; Professor James Moriarty is one often described in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books as the archenemy of Sherlock Holmes. The film follows the line that Professor Moriarty matches the wit of the protagonist and therefore a particular difficult threat to overcome. In fact, in the books, Moriarty was introduced to kill off Sherlock Holmes which already gives audiences a clue into the battle they are likely to see on screen if the trailers didn’t do that already.

Can’t think of a reason not to see this film? Well, that’s elementary my dear Watson!

Samilia Ekeocha

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Screenings of this film:

2011/2012 Spring Term (35mm)
2011/2012 Spring Term (35mm)