ABC Film Challenge – Without A Clue (1988)


This review is part of the Monthly ABC Film Challenge over at Movie Reviews 101.

This month’s theme is Comedies

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“Half a tick, Mr. Holmes. Ye can’t go walkin’ into someone’s residence, pokin’ about their personal possessions, disruptin’ their privacy… That’s for Scotland Yard.” – Inspector Lestrade

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Detective Dr. John Watson hires an actor to pretend to be the intelligent Sherlock Holmes in order to keep his true identity a secret.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never had seen before and after recently coming across it, felt it was perfectly suited for this series.

Hilarious concept that works so well largely due to the performances of Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine in the lead roles.

The film presents a very interesting scenario that slightly changes the entire premise of who really was the famed sleuth.

The find some really ingenious ways to keep this farce afloat and plausible as things move along.

Both Caine and Kingsley are superb in these roles and make things seem so realistic the whole way through.

The movie utilizes known Holmes lore in order to keep things even more powerful and engaging as the story unfolds.

The dialogue is done really well and helps make the viewer believe the fact that Holmes is a trained, yet undisciplined actor who is able to make everyone believe he is a sleuthing genius.

The supporting cast is also great with Jeffrey Jones, Paul Freeman (of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) fame) and Peter Cook all helping to keep this so enjoyable to watch unfold sometimes in very unexpected ways.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The closing credits offer an apology that states: “With apologies to the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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