Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)


“The game is afoot. ” – Sherlock Holmes

Number of Times Seen – at least twice (Cable in the 80’s and 22 May 2017)

Brief Synopsis – As teenagers in Victorian England, Holmes and Watson go on their first adventure together.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw back when it came out but I couldn’t recall much of the ideas of the film besides the special effects of the knight.

The story is quite fun to watch and the characters of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are presented and fleshed out quite well here.

The mystery is also done well and Holmes explains himself really well with regard to his deductive reasoning for everything that happens.

The problem I had with this film is the fact that it feels like they are trying too hard to make this feel like an Indiana Jones film instead of one dealing with Holmes.

The plot delves too much into the supernatural instead of staying focused on the mystery of it all that we are so used to Holmes figuring out due to his superior intellect.

It also takes away from the realistic feel of the solutions of Holmes which are usually based on facts.

The special effects used here were extremely groundbreaking for its time yet now they unfortunately look too archaic in the way that the CGI characters move throughout their scenes.

It’s too bad that this film wasn’t as successful as it could have been because it would have been nice to have a franchise based on the younger adventures of Holmes and Watson.

Bottom Line – Fun adventure film that feels too much like an attempt to recreate an Indiana Jones motif withe the characters of Homes and Watson. The mystery works well but it delves too frequently in the ideas of the supernatural which takes away from the realistic feeling of the world of Holmes.  Special effects were much more groundbreaking at the time, yet now they unfortunately seem extremely archaic on screen.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – First feature film to have a completely CGI (computer graphics image) character: the knight coming out of the stained glass window. Industrial Light & Magic animated the scene, overseen by John Lasseter in a very early film credit for Pixar. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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