HOLMES & WATSON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Etan Cohen Stars: Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Kelly Macdonald, Pam Ferris, Ralph Fiennes, Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, Hugh Laurie, Noah Jupe, Lauren Lapkus, Michael Culkin. My list of the worst films of 2018 has just had a late addition with Holmes & Watson, an execrable and terribly unfunny piece of nonsense that will have Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spinning in his grave. Conan Doyle’s estate gave permission for the filmmakers to use the famous characters, but in hindsight they should sue! This dire comedy about the Continue reading

MR HOLMES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Condon Stars: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Frances de la Tour, John Sessions, Nicholas Rowe. Ever since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first created the fictitious character of Sherlock Holmes in 1887, he has become one of the most enduring and popular character in detective fiction. Holmes has become a staple of the big screen, where he has been played by the likes of Basil Rathbone (who gave us arguably the definitive portrayal in 15 film appearances), Nicol Continue reading

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Robert Downey jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Rachel McAdams. The name is Holmes, Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictitious sleuth used his considerable powers of deduction, not brawn or violence, to solve crimes. Fans of the detective would have been horrified at the way in which British director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, etc) has messed with the tone of the character, turning him into an action hero in 2009’s bloated Sherlock Holmes. There Continue reading