A Different Way 'Holmes'


The reviews that I read of the new Sherlock Holmes were mixed, ranging from two and-a-half to four stars. I come out on the side of those who believe the movie missed the mark.  

The overextended plot involves the apparent sighting of Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) who was hanged for crimes he committed. An examination of his coffin, however, reveals another man's body. Lord Blackwood is back to take over the world, a la Hitler if you listen carefully to his speech when he takes the House of Lords captive.

Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law) are still living together at 221 Baker Street in London. Watson is now considering marriage to Mary Morstan (Kelly Reilly) and Holmes is pursued by Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams).  

This new version of Sherlock Holmes is different that of yesteryear. The current Holmes is faced with the perils of Pauline including buzz saws and railroad tracks. I prefer the older version starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes, who portrayed his character more cerebrally with a curled lip and snide remarks. I especially enjoyed the end of those films when Holmes would pull together the lose ends and explain all that had taken place during the movie.

I'm a fan of Guy Ritchie, who directed this film and thought his picture Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was terrific. Although there is a lot of action in this movie, the encounters of Victorian times can't compete with the outstanding action films being produced today. The Victorian sets are terrific and the performances of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, both consummate actors with a special style, are excellent. Nevertheless, their performances are not enough to compensate for a less than stellar script.  

Notwithstanding my opinion, Sherlock Holmes is second on this week's gross income film list. Avatar is first. If you follow my advice and skip both pictures, you will save a minimum of $48 if you are on a date.

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Ed Koch was mayor of NYC from 1978 to 1989. He's credited with restoring fiscal stability to the city and creating affordable housing. He's also a film buff. More

Mayor Koch saved New York City from bankruptcy and restored the pride of New Yorkers during his three terms as mayor from 1978-1989. He restored fiscal stability by placing the city on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) balanced budget. He created a housing program that provided more than 150,000 units of affordable housing and created New York City's first merit judicial selection system. Prior to being mayor, Mr. Koch served for nine years as a congressman and two years as a member of the New York City Council. He attended City College of New York from 1941 to 1943. He was drafted into the Army his last year of college and served with the 104th Infantry Division. He received two battle stars and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946. He received his LL.B. degree from the New York University School of Law in 1948 and began to practice law immediately thereafter. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP and hosts a call-in radio program on Bloomberg AM 1130 (WBBR). Mr. Koch appears weekly on NY1 television and is the author of ten autobiographical books.

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