As I posted via Twitter Friday evening, emerging into the cold night air after the warmth of the crowded theater, Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows was EXCELLENT. That is all there is to it. I had read other reviews (specifically that from NPR) and they said that it was quite a disappointment because it was basically smoke and mirrors, but I didn't find that to be the case one bit: why? Chaos theory, gentle reader, the theory of chaos. Those reviewers know nothing of chaos and its subsequent branches, thereby, they were disappointed (and I can assure you that the audience applauded the film at the end because it was so good and that just doesn't happen here). But rest assured, I do know chaos and will happily expound on why this was such a (not good, but) great film in an upcoming post.
Post-Post Scriptum-- There are numerous references to other films, but none of them very blatant, just a "cameo" of a reference, you might say: Pulp Fiction, A Beautiful Mind, Hero, North by Northwest, The Pit and the Pendulum (Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff), Foreign Correspondent and those were just the ones I picked up; maybe you can do better!
Post-Post-Post Scriptum-- And by the way, I am surprised at critics lamenting what has happened in this second installment of Sherlock Holmes after the first; on Rotten Tomatoes, critics only gave the film a 70% approval rating, so it's not like they liked the first one anyway, unless now they are admitting they were wrong about how good the first one was.