As the plot is a lot more political and intelligent, the film itself is a small slower than the initial one, although it is by no means less fascinating or without action.
In the middle of all of the political plot, we've two big subplots that really dominate by infusing a human factor to movie. First we've the forthcoming nuptials of Watson, which we found Holmes balking at in the last movie. In this film, we do not see him balking therefore much as resigning himself to a life of loneliness.
On one other give, we see Watson beginning to realize that while his living is complete, Holmes'living is not. He's Holmes'only friend and that's a difficult spot to be for just about any person. Then we've Holmes and Moriarty's mental chess sport (and literal chess sport at one point).
Holmes has finally come facing some one he can not wow together with his emotional prowess. He tries to face him along with his normal brash type and faces a person who is unimpressed and heartless. It's right now - when Holmes knows that Moriarty isn't above lowering everything and everybody else in Holmes'life - that we understand that film is serious business.
We also have plenty of symbolism that was sort of stimulating because the initial film did actually lack it, and since it is not heavy-handed. There are running designs through the entire film, including demon symbolism tied up with Moriarty, the fisher and the trout story, and the, obviously, chess pieces.
These designs help us to understand that movies like 50 Shades of Grey puzzle is not really what we're seeing - we are watching Holmes and Moriarty. We are seeing Holmes and Watson. The rest is simply caught inside their gravity.Everyone brings their best. Robert Downey Jr. represents Holmes with the exact same childish humor from last time, but with a nice dose of fear and frustration at the chance Moriarty presents (and the damage he is done and threatens to accomplish to Holmes personally).
The software, which is really a little deeper in certain places than the initial film, calls for Downey to move from impishness to suffering and vulnerability rapidly and Downey handles it delicately. Legislation is back once again to efficiency as the feistier, smarter Watson he produced in the first movie. He is split between a co-dependent man who obviously loves and needs him and a life filled with normalcy.