I grew up with the Sherlock Holmes archetype as a quiet, reserved man who solved crimes to the befuddlement of others. A classy cap and full bent pipe accessorized the man covered by a large, wooly off green overcoat. So when Sherlock Holmes initial trailer reintroduced him to the public in 2009 as a cage fighting action hero, I was a bit sad at our cultures desire to make everything splashy and hip. But then I actually saw the film, and enjoyed it for what it was – an entertaining action movie, with some clever dialogue and an amusing interpretation of the character brought to flawless life by Robert Downey Jr.
The sequel finds the inspector bemoaning the departure of Watson to his upcoming nuptials, while encountering his nemesis in the form of Moriarity. Moriarity is a brilliant professor who finds Holmes a formidable, yet outmatched opponent. The film takes us from set piece to set piece of dazzling action sequences, gypsies, and drunken excitement.