It is being announced that Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) has a rating of 4/5 stars on IMDB, and a user score of 7.4/10 on Metacritic. Observers have reported that this is a gross misrepresentation of the film as a whole, which was crippled by various flaws in its narrative construction all said to have resulted from its screenplay. Critics point out that the film opened with a 15 minute prologue which had no significance in relation to what followed, and copied what witty lines featured in the first film verbatim without adding any of its own.
Experts have been left baffled that, having made his first half-decent film in over a decade, Guy Ritchie would follow it by firing all the writers responsible and handing the franchise over to the director of a single poorly-received indie film and his wife Michele. Other elements of the production may have been predictably mediocre, they have said, but that really was “one of the most badly written theatrical releases I’ve seen in a long time. Really, what happened there? Do they have incriminating pictures of an executive at Warner Bros.?”