Sunday, February 28, 2010

MISGUIDED MYSTERIES


So last week I was at the Blockbuster down the street from my apartment. Save me the merciless mocking...I'm on your side, here. Blockbuster is for buying ridiculously-low-priced previously viewed DVDs, and nothing more. As a matter of fact, I think they should change their name to "5 for $20 Video". But I digress. As I was perusing their selection, I came across something that simply could not be ignored: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.



What's really fantastic about this DVD cover - aside from the fact that Holmes and Watson apparently fought dragons, dinosaurs and London-based sea monsters - is that the brain children behind this film have opted to exploit the good name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to evidently give their production a little more gravitas. After all, it worked for Bram Stoker's Dracula, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet...right?



While I fancy myself a connoisseur of bad movies, I decided against allowing this one into my home. If only for the fact that this direct-to-DVD film was brought to us by those responsible for one Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, starring Debbie Gibson. I actually did see this one, and it was difficult for even me to sit through. Plus, at least MSvGO took place in modern times - I fear greatly for what the "filmmakers" have done with Holmes-era London.

Speaking of which, I still have yet to see the Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. So I really can't compare the two. I'm guessing Guy Ritchie's take on the legendary detective is better than this odd splicing of Holmes and Van Helsing...but it's not always elementary, dear readers.

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