Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) is the sequel to the 2009 movie, Sherlock Holmes.
Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his much-trusted associate Dr. Watson (Jude Law) are finally facing their arch villain Professor James Moriaty (Jared Harris). With the help of Holmes' elder brother Mycroft (Stephen Fry), a gypsy woman named Simza (Noomi Rapace), and Watson's wife Mary (Kelly Reilly), they have to stop Moriaty from achieving his plan to provoke world war in Europe.
Good lord! This is another sequel that doesn't end up any lesser than its prequel. Such a huge relief!
If you've watched the first movie, you'll remember how director Guy Ritchie uses slow-mo graphical sequences when Holmes is evaluating the moves of both his enemies and himself before he confronts them. So, it's pretty delightful to watch this similar tactic again.
Also, with a clearer storyline and a significantly sinister villain who's visibly as smart as Holmes, this sequel is more packed with thrills and at the same time continues its strength - fun and humorous.
Irene Adler's (Rachel McAdams) character appears briefly before the movie switches its focus to the ever-interesting "bromance" partnership between Holmes and Watson and chillingly explosive interaction between Holmes and Moriarty.
Noomi Rapace from the successful Swedish movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) gives a different flavor to the movie as Simza, especially after Irene Adler is taken out from the equation.
In summary, this is a highly recommended movie not to be missed by intellectuals like us. :)