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Back to the future,
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This review is from: Sherlock Holmes [DVD]  (DVD)
Was Holmes really a violent action hero as Robert Downey Jr portrays him? Go back to the books and you will find he was! Fights, chases, improbable deductions, a horribly convoluted plot that nevertheless makes perfect sense ... everything Conan Doyle gave us is here in spades.
Just a few niggles that stop it getting 5 stars:
* Downey, like all Yanks, mumbles like hell and it is impossible to understand what he is saying. You will need to turn the subtitles on.
* Conspicuous absence of DRUGS! True, Watson says that the liquid that Holmes had been drinking was meant for eye surgery, and cocaine was used for that purpose in the 1890's, but c'mon ... Holmes injected the stuff! Let's see him do it!
* I don't believe that they read out the prisoner's crimes before they hanged him. Surely this is a Yankee barbarity? After all, the fellow knew why they were doing it! Albert Pierrepoint got the job done in 7 seconds. True, this was 50 years later, but I still don't believe it. And as a peer of the realm, Lord Blackwood would have been hanged with a silk rope, not scratchy hemp.
* I don't believe the word "radio" was used in 1891.