Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Secretly Awesome - Young Sherlock Holmes

Release Date: December 4, 1985
Director: Barry Levinson
Writer: Chris Columbus
Cast: Nicholas Rowe, Alex Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins
Box Office: $19,739,575
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%

Back when Steven Spielberg attached his name to creatively interesting projects rather than high-profile, big-budget blockbusters that don't exactly need his endorsement to be made, he produced a little film called Young Sherlock Holmes. It was written by Chris Columbus and directed by Barry Levinson which, including Spielberg, is virtually a mid-80s all-star team. The result is not exactly great, but is as hinted above, creatively interesting. I've always found modernizations and re-imaginings like this to be fun to watch. Well, maybe not always, considering the last one I can remember is Julie Taymor's take on The Tempest. Yeah, on second thought, some of them can be pretty awful, which just makes it that much better when a good one comes along, as is the case with Young Sherlock Holmes.

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