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Sherlock Holmes Review

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

My rating 2.5 Stars

I know little of the Sherlock Holmes story and the little I do know comes from brief reenactments of the crew of the starship Enterprise from the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation. I know, I know, that is pretty pathetic, but I never claimed to have been well read. I also have never really been interested in such things like: period criminal investigations. I guess my problem is that I like technology and the primitive methods used to solve crimes back in the days really turn me off. However, as I age and grow tired of the same old drama day in and day out I have developed a thirst for something different. Perhaps in time I will find an interest in the story of Sherlock Holmes, I just won’t hold my breath!

So not knowing much of the character, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Sherlock Holmes movie. I have to be honest and I must confess that the portrayal of Holmes in the Star Trek series didn’t leave me with much desire to get to know the character. I had hoped that the character in the movie be more to my liking; it wasn’t. I hope to God that the character that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created in his writings is nowhere near as boring as the one played by Robert Downey. That’s right, the character of Holmes as portrayed in this movie was as interesting and as exciting as drying cement. I’ve always been a fan of Mr. Downey; I think he is a great and talented actor, however something tells me that maybe he wasn’t the right choice for this role; either that or the screenwriter didn’t do the part justice. I found this Holmes to be two dimensional, dull and predictable and since the movie was all about Sherlock Holmes it took me right out of the movie.

Or maybe, just maybe, the real problem falls on the character of Sherlock Holmes who doesn’t really lend itself to the idea of a good character. Seriously, what is so special about a man who knows everything? What is so special about a person who has all of the answers? Where is the conflict? Where is the mystery? There is none, because we all know that Sherlock Holmes holds the answer. He has the mystery solved before it has a chance to take hold in the audiences mind. While this idea may have been incredibly exotic to the 1880’s audience, I am afraid that with today’s audience we have realized that such concepts are preposterous, unrealistic and boring. In my opinion that sort of nonsense are the makings of children stories or comic books like Superman or any other host of perfect superheroes. A story where there is no chance for the hero to fail is no story at all. It isn’t interesting and it’s not worth seeing. As people often say, “Nobody likes a smart ass!”

However, the film did have some good moments. It is undeniably that it was beautifully shot. It was very artistic and beautiful and enchanting. Unfortunately, like staring at a well painted wall after a few minutes of looking at, you realize that it’s just a wall and it will do nothing for you. So your obvious reaction is to walk away and put the wall behind you never to think about it again; just like this film. While it looks stunning it does absolutely nothing to keep your interests and therefore it’s forgettable and nothing to write home about.

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Me and Orson Welles Review

My rating 3.5 Stars
What’s going on here? Is Me and Orson Wells a play or is it a movie? I seriously couldn’t tell the difference. The movie felt like a play of a play performing a play and that confused me at first. It made me forget that I was in fact watching a movie. The question is, was that a good thing or a bad thing? It all depends, do you like plays? If you do then you’ll probably like this movie. If you don’t, then by all means do not watch this film. If you don’t like plays, if you detest them, you are done! There is no need to go on reading this short review. If you do like a good play, by all means, continue.

If you have decided to continue reading my review it is probably because you enjoy a good play here and there. Or maybe you just love my writing—I can’t imagine why, but in either case here we go. I’ll assume you like plays. Since you like them so much, I think you are going to enjoy this movie. The performances in it are akin to those of the stage. There is witty dialog, good performances, romance, back stabbings, lots of those actually. The play… I mean the movie has something special for everyone.

This is a good story and I think it’s one that people will enjoy. I especially liked the sets, the clothing and the music. The movie is set in the 1950’s and it really did look the part. It would be nice to get the opinion of someone who lived through the era. I would like to know how close it was to the real deal. It looked really nice to me.

However, looks aren’t everything. When watching a movie I believe story is key and like I said this was a good story. I did, however, found the second act to be a little slow. The movie starts out strong and ends very effectively, the middle makes you wish they had either shortened it a bit or add just a touch more of excitement. There are a few key moments in the second act, so I can’t even recommend that you fast forward through it, but nevertheless, even with the slow middle the movie is still worth watching. If you really want to watch this film, don’t let me stop you.

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