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- Fundamentally dishonest in coming to market with a big Hollywood version of Sherlock Holmes in the theaters (and both versions have steampunked up Victorian London)
- Cheap, cheap, cheap
- It's fun and funny
- Much in the tradition of Peter Cushing, Dr. Who, Quartermass, and Hammer Studios
- Do you like Buffy?
- Enormous monsters being fought by Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (think of it as a reincarnation of the Godzilla vs. INSERT CREATURE HERE movies)
If that sentence makes you shudder, for heaven's sake, go watch some Jeremy Brett, because Holmes purists will last about ten minutes before becoming very, very shouty. If it makes you perk up a little and say, "Oh yeah?" then read on.
Everything that can be wrong with a movie is wrong here. The budget is so low that Holmes and Watson get one suit each, and the whole thing appears to have been filmed on the grounds of a large dairy farm. Holmes canon is taken out back early on and shot, like Old Yeller, and it's not a clean kill. I would, in fact, bet money that the screenwriter has never read a Conan Doyle story. There's a dwarf rubber prostitute-eating T-Rex. There's a rubber Kraken -- heck, maybe it is Sharktopus, the lighting's not that great -- that surely cost more to construct than it earns from robbing ships. Did I mention the rubber Kraken robs ships? The rubber Kraken robs ships. I'm still not sure what the T-Rex is for. The historical details are weirdly, hilariously wrong -- London's East End, for example, appears to be both subterranean and lit by masses of candles, like a Sting video. Holmes is teeny and Watson is tall, and their Baker Street digs are within walking distance of a scary forest. There is a climactic aerial battle between a mechanical dragon, piloted by Holmes' evil brother Victorian Iron Man, and a heli-balloon. And Gareth David-Lloyd gives a good performance.
After 15 or 20 minutes, the whole thing becomes so improbable, wrong, and bad that it turns entertaining, and even endearing. I watched it at a big girls' slumber party, and we went from dead silence to delighted incredulity to rolling with laughter. ("It's terrible," said one friend, "but it doesn't hate life.") I suspect a little alcohol might improve the viewing experience even more, but alas, we're all lightweights. I also suspect we'll watch it again.
I actually WANTED to like this movie. I bought it sight unseen and without even any description of the movie (Amazon didn't provide one). I'm a Holmes fan and can find things to like about most productions. I thought that the opening sequence (Watson during the Blitz in the 1940s about to relate an untold Sherlock Holmes tale) was done well and set the tone perfectly.
But then it went downhill. Fast.
You have a Sherlock Holmes who is...well, MOUSEY. He certainly doesn't fit any idea that I've ever had for the character. Holmes wasn't the vibrant soul pushed to solve crimes that you might expect. The screenplay take all sorts of liberties with the Sherlockian history giving Holmes a different brother - a policeman who was paralyzed by a bullet to the back while breaking up a bank robbery with Lestrade as his partner, and (spoiler alert) Sherlock isn't Holmes' real name because who would pay attention to a detective named "Robert?" There is even a hint that it was Watson who started Holmes on the path to cocaine addiction.
The acting was fairly wooden, and the script plodding. That only made the pain last longer.
If there was one bright spot, it was the characterization of Watson. Well done.
All in all, it wasn't worth the watching. Something better just forgotten and move on. Don't buy this. If you feel the need, just rent it. Save your money for pretty much ANY other Holmes movie.
Somehow Holmes knew this early on from staring at something on the ground.
There's no denying the ending is exciting, but it has no place in a Sherlock Holmes film. It's also is too similar to the one used in the far superior "Great Mouse Detective", which really was a cartoon.
I don't care if the producers were looking to cash in on the recent theatrical film or not. I only care if the film is good or not. This one is not.
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I loved the movie and I had no problems with the disk or the movie.Published 5 months ago by Annette Hare
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The only thing that is discernible atop this heaping pile of dung is an acceptable performance by Lloyd as Watson. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John M Limbach
Well, it wasn't TOTALLY horrible, and it WAS worth what I
PAID for it, so it was okay---for a schlocky movie.
Worth a view or two.
I first watched this film on Showtime, and I fell in love with it instantly. It was humorous, mysterious, and offered some crazy science fiction into the background.Published on February 3, 2014 by cooltoon2001
We'll, this is dreadful. The only real question is whether it is so bad that it is worth watching. On this I am ambivalent. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by tJohn
I HAVE SEEN THIS MOVIE OFFERED ON AMAZON FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND
WAS REALLY TEMPTED TO BUY IT. I NEVER DID AND BOY AM I GLAD
I DIDN'T. Read more