Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Jared Harris

Summary: The second installment in the Sherlock Holmes franchise picks up pretty much where the first one ended. Super-sleuth Holmes (Downey Jr) is facing off against his arch-nemesis Professor James Moriarty (Harris). Holmes discovers an elaborate plot in which Moriarty is trying to start a world war just so that he can profit from it. The recently married Dr. Watson (Law) is also pulled in to the dangerous cat-and-mouse game between Holmes and Moriarty. Now it’s up to Holmes and Watson to stop Moriarty before it’s too late.

It’s clearly evident that Robert Downey Jr enjoys playing Sherlock Holmes. Right after the success of the first film in 2009, the cast and crew got busy preparing this sequel. Director Guy Ritchie really likes interjecting slow-motion moments in all the action sequences, an effect that I’m not a fan of due to its overuse in many films. Still I admit that I found myself cheering and laughing with the rest of the audience throughout the movie. The witty dialogue and elaborate fight sequences make this an enjoyable way to spend two hours on a Friday night.

Trivia: Noomi Rapace, who plays Madam Simza Heron in this film, is the Swedish actress who played Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. The American version hits theaters this week and stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara as Salander.

Rated: PG-13 – For intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material.

Grade: B