Saturday, May 28, 2016

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

Director: Barry Levinson

Writer: Chris Columbus

Composer: Bruce Broughton

Starring: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins, Susan Fleetwood, Freddie Jones, Nigel Stock, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Earl Rhodes, Brian Oulton

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Before a lifetime of adventure, they had the adventure of a lifetime.

Plot: When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably.

I've been wanting to see this for thirty years and I only just got around to it.  Good flick.  The acting is wonderful, the story is compelling, the special effects (including the first CGI character) are great and Bruce Broughton's score is delightful and weighty.  I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish.  The production values and art design are fantastic.  It really gives you a sense of time and place and it puts you right in there with Holmes and Watson.  This is a high recommend.  I'm really surprised this film isn't better represented considering the quality and the talent in front of and behind (produced by Steven Spielberg et al) the camera.  The Paramount DVD has a great looking anamorphic widescreen print with not a single extra.

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