This is a Sherlock Holmes story with a difference. Here Dr Watson is the ace detective and has been using an actor to play the part Holmes. Holmes is a drunken actor and gets on Watson's nerves. When Watson tries to go it alone, he doesn't have much success, so he is forced to let Holmes take all the credit once more. Written by
When "Holmes" returns home after Watson's apparent death, the shadow of the house number on the inside wall, and other shadows, indicate strong sunlight from a certain angle. He then goes outside and the doorway is not lit that way at all. Also, the width of the panes around the house number doesn't match the shadow. See more »
[coming back drunken to the hotel]
Holmes, sweet Holmes!
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With apologies to the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson See more »
Like the previous reviewer, I don't understand why this movie wasn't more of a hit.
The acting and chemistry between Ben Kingsley (the smart Watson who actually possesses Holmes' famous qualities) and Michael Caine (who plays the bumbling Holmes) is wonderful, witty, and ironic. Some of the jokes are subtle, so if you have a dry sense of humour, you'll enjoy that angle of the movie.
For example, when John Watson admits to his publisher at the Strand the HE is really the crime solver, and not the bumbling Holmes he's duped the readership into admiring, the publisher says "Watson, you've compromised the integrity of English Literature".
Shaken-looking, the publisher opens a secret cabinet door made to look like English Literary Works on his shelf, pulls out a shot of brandy, drinks it, and then replaces it in its hiding place.
You'll also find the music well-above average in creating the mood and historical setting of the movie. The theme song sounds like something that could be used over and over again as a timeless piece of music -- upbeat, melodic, yet using instruments of the time such as a string section in an orchestra.
I bought this on VHS and watched it so much I had to replace it, but it was out of print. Then it came out on DVD and I made sure I got a copy immediately.
I don't think you'll be disappointed, and you'll most certainly laugh quietly and out loud.....
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