6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A good solution for a entertaining night,
This review is from: The Seven Per Cent Solution  [DVD] (DVD)
I had received this obscure film over Christmas but had not watched it until recently when I brought it over to watch with my friend who frankly is a Holmes Buff and introduced me to the vast array of Conan Doyle stories and the exquisite Jeremy Brett television series. Until then I had only watched the Hammer's film with Peter Cushing which I still enjoy watching.
The film's title and plot originates from the book of the same name written by Nicholas Meyer and the plot includes the spiraling addiction of Holmes cocaine use and the inspired addition of Sigmund Freud to the detective team. Therefore you cannot watch this and expect a typical Holmes story. If you do, you will probably end up bemused by it all. However it is a story that shows the writers affection of the original ACD canon and of Freud. The film is done with a appreciativly tongue-in-cheek attitude.
Williamson is not typical Holmes because of the effect of Holmes' psychological and physicological deteriation from the drug overuse. However as he continues through the case, his passion and enthusiasm returns and excites the audience once more. Holmes relationship with Watson (Robert Duvall)does have it's strains but it is as close, fond and fun as it ever can be and there is some classic moments between the two such as in the bordello. Laurence Olivier uncannily portrays Moriarty excellently. Alan Arkin as Freud is also perfect in his fictional interpretation. Freud rather than competing in intelligence with the duo, all work well together in completing the case.
Overall we really liked it. Even though Robert Duvall's English accent should be shot and buried so nobody has to hear it again...though it was rather entertaining to hear which word was to be vocally violated next.