Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson meet as boys in an English Boarding school. Holmes is known for his deductive ability even as a youth, amazing his classmates with his abilities. When they discover a plot to murder a series of British business men by an Egyptian cult, they move to stop it. Written by
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(at around 23 mins) 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. See more »
(at around 35 mins) When Holmes and Rathe are fencing, Holmes drops his saber when he is cut, but in the next scene he is seen holding his saber - with no break in the dialogue to give him a chance to pick it up. See more »
[after Elizabeth finds a scrap of cloth, she accompanies Holmes and Watson to a deserted building in Wapping]
I knew it, there's no-one here. Back to school, eh?
Watson, you'll be on your own!
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Before the end credits roll, there is a note that the film was an affectionate speculation on Sherlock Holmes' youth, and not based specifically on any of Arthur Conan Doyle's works: "Although Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did not write about the very youthful years of Sherlock Holmes and did establish the initial meeting between Holmes and Dr. Watson as adults, this affectionate speculation about what might have happened has been made with respectful admiration and in tribute to the author and his enduring works." See more »
What if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a story where Sherlock Holmes and Dr.
John Watson met as adolescents? What if he made it a very suspenseful
mystery that explanied may of the great sleuth's character traits and
stylistic characterisics? What if...well, he did not, but screenwriter
Chris Columbus, director Barry Levinson, and producer Steven Spielberg do
bring us a fine film that does these things called Young Sherlock Holmes.
Young Sherlock Holmes is the meeting of fantasy film and classic literature,
and it is a meeting that coexists very nicely. The great detective meets
his future colleague and friend Dr. Watson in a London prep school amidst
the mystery of what six men did many years ago in Egypt. Several of the men
begin to die in horrible, inexplicable ways, and the young Holmes suspects
mischief. The film is a veritable treasure trove of Sherlock Holmes
allusions. The film is fast-paced, fun, fantastical, and creates insights
into why Holmes developed emotionally the way he did. Nicholas Rowe does a
superb job playing Holmes, bringing to the role intelligence as well as
compassion. Alan Cox does an equally good job playing his young sidekick
and doctor to be. The special effects are first-rate, yet in no way detract
from the Victorian world of Doyle and Holmes and Watson. Start watching and
it will not be long before you'll be saying, "The game is
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