After 2009's successful Sherlock Holmes film, Director Guy Ritchie returns along with Robert Downey Jr. as the quirky genius and Jude Law as his trustworthy friend, Dr. Watson in this rousing crime thriller.
Watson is finally about to marry his love, Mary (Kelly Reilly) so the partnership of Holmes and Watson will be breaking up. On the eve of the marriage, Holmes arranges a stag at a gentleman's club. The only guest is Sherlock's older brother Mycroft (Stephen Fry, who offers some comic relief).
During the card playing and drinking, some Cossacks try to kill a Gypsy fortuneteller (Noomi Repace) and Holmes is in the middle of the action trying to protect her. His further investigation reveals that the dastardly Professor Moriarty (amid the fun, Jared Harris plays it straight) is at the center of a series of bombings in Europe, and in a round about way, the case involves the Gypsy woman.
Downey and Law have a terrific chemistry and their scenes together point to what must be a real friendship off-screen. Sherlock and Moriarty showcase their dislike, but respect for one another, in particular during an intriguing game of chess played high above a waterfall in Switzerland.
Most of the chase scenes involve guns and howitzers. Ritchie's use of stop action that tracks the bullet and follows it closely until it reaches its target is pretty exciting, especially during a scene in the woods where the heroes try to outrun some pretty determined marksmen.
This sequel is more fun, more thrilling and Downey and Law are better than ever together.