In fact, the only minor quibble in what’s such an engaging sequel is the film’s nearly two-and-a-half-hour running time. A bit overstuffed with fight scenes that start looking pretty similar after a while, a little less would’ve actually been more effective. But then again since you’ll probably be waiting another couple of years for the next installment, perhaps, they were simply trying to give audiences more bang for their buck since it is Christmas, after all.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking and public drunkenness. Cigar and cigarette smoking. Drug references and drug paraphernalia shown
  • Language/Profanity: Da--, bast--- and an exclamation of God’s name.
  • Sex/Nudity: There’s no sex depicted, not even on Watson’s honeymoon, although we do see him passionately kiss his new bride. In a scene played for laughs, Mycroft walks naked in front of Mary, and we briefly see his bare backside. One of Sherlock’s costumes involves dressing in women’s clothing and makeup. There are several comedic winks to Watson and Sherlock bromantic ways. Several double entendres.
  • Violence: Like the previous installment, the violence is very stylized but still intense and prevalent throughout. There’s a steady stream of gunfire, choking, hanging and major body blows shown in slow motion. A woman is thrown off a train and into a river but survives. Several dead bodies are shown. A character cheats death on several occasions, but he’s almost constantly in peril.
  • Religion/Spirituality: Sherlock has his palm read in one scene before turning the tables on Sim and doing the same for her. He says death is in the cards.
     

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blogFor more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.