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Sherlock Holmes and Baker Street Irregulars
Sherlock Holmes and Baker Street Irregulars
Actor: Jonathan Pryce
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2007     1hr 54min

A new Holmes delights loyal fans and a new generation in this BBC family drama Kids are disappearing. Policemen are being poisoned. Sherlock Holmes is under house arrest, falsely accused of crimes he didn?t commit. Enter t...  more »

     
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Actor: Jonathan Pryce
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Family Films, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Acorn Media
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/04/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Kendra M. (KendraM) from NASHVILLE, TN
Reviewed on 1/7/2008...
I am always on the lookout for a new Sherlock Holmes movie. I couldn't wait until this came out, because it looked good and it was produced by the BBC-- which produces so many wonderful productions.

What a disappointment this was!

First of all, the villain here is Irene Adler. Why on earth was Irene Adler made the villain? Adler was the only woman Holmes ever really respected and thought he could care about. And, in the Scandal in Bohemia, she clearly isn't a villain. She wrote Holmes a wonderful and caring letter and both Holmes and Watson were left with deep reverence (or at least respect) for her. She is "The Woman" in Sherlock Holmes' life and was never, ever villainous at all.

So, why did the BBC or the scriptwriter or WHOMEVER make Irene Adler one of the most evil and diabolical villains to ever exist? This really is an outrage, if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan. There is nothing in any past Holmes story to indicate that Irene Adler would ever turn into a murderous, conniving, vindictive evil villain. At the end of "Scandal in Bohemia", we are all convinced she is a good, honest, savvy person who earned the respect of Holmes. This was such a disappointment that, had the rest of the movie been actually good, it still would have ruined it for me.

Why not make Moriarty the villain? It is clear from some comments Watson makes that Moriarty is still alive. There is no reason to impugn Irene Adler's legacy by making her this type of villain.

Secondly, the casting was not very good. Jonathan Pryce is a good actor, but there was nothing about him that made him Sherlock Holmes. He definitely didn't 'own' the character. Of course, once you are hooked on Jeremy Brett, nobody can ever really be good enough. But, still, Pryce was 'just a detective'-- there was nothing about his acting that made you believe he was Sherlock. He wasn't brilliant. He wasn't extraordinary. There was nothing at all about him that was special. And, the character (as created in this film) made one or two comments about others' lack of intelligence. Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes would never do this.

The actor playing Watson, on the other hand, was fine. A little bit jolly, but definitely not insultingly doltish as portrayed in other films. Mrs. Hudson was sadly missed here.

Third, I think this is a television pilot. I'm not sure, but it seemed so. This entire movie seemed to be a setup for a future family-friendly series about the Baker Street Irregulars. Holmes talks to them about how they should be taking care of themselves for when he isn't around anymore and there are a couple of plot lines that are clearly left open for a future story. If this is a planned television series, the casting department certainly needs to recast some of the Irregulars' parts. Most were decent, but there was one shorter boy that wasn't very good and Sadie, the lead Irregular, was horrible. She was so horrible that it was hard to have any empathy at all for her character.

All in all, I really wouldn't recommend this. It's definitely not for the Holmes purist, and I doubt it's for too many others, either. Even with the pre-teen and teen protagonists, I can't imagine too many parents anxious to push this as the first Holmes introduction to their children. The embalming might make some parents decide against this. Personally, I would let my preteen and teen watch this if it was good, but I don't think there would be any benefit to do so. It's just not worth recommending at all.

Instead of buying this, get absolutely anything with Jeremy Brett. And, if you've watched all of those, try the Murder Rooms. Those are excellent.

Movie Reviews

Jonathan Pryce hits the mark as Sherlock Holmes
Never the Twain | 07/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Watching Jonathan Pryce in his first scene as Sherlock Holmes, I couldn't help but be reminded of watching Christopher Eccleston as the lead in another icon of British fiction Doctor Who. Like Eccleston as the good Doctor, Pryce comes across as simultaneously off-putting and appealing. In that respect, he is quite simply an ideal Sherlock Holmes. You sense the the sharp mind that makes him the best detective ever and also that other-ness which means he will never come off as being quite normal.

Though much of the action is given over to the Baker Street Irregulars, Pryce's Holmes remains the focus of this story because it's the Irregulars efforts to clear his name when he's arrested for murder that drive the story. Even when Holmes is under house-arrest in his rooms at 221-B Baker Street, you can sense the wheels turning in his mind as he directs his foot-soldiers in order to solve a mystery with a deeply personal dimension for Holmes. Without spoiling anything, it's a twist that will probably be most appreciated by those with some background in the Holmes stories but such background is not essential.

Above all, though, this is meant to be a fun story, an enjoyable mystery/adventure story with enough danger to keep things interesting without getting too dark. This latter point is probably a function of having been produced for a family viewing slot in Britain. The whole cast does a good job, and it's especially nice to see one of Britain's best character actors Bill Patterson paired with Pryce in the equally iconic role of Doctor Watson.

I won't say this is the best Sherlock Holmes story I've ever seen or heard (personally I'm a fan of John Gielgud's run as Holmes on the radio from the 1950s), but Pryce is certainly one of the best Sherlock Holmes. I truly hope that this production is the first of many for him."
Irene Adler?
Kendra | 09/17/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"In deference to Never the Twain: Very mild plot spoiler in this review-- definitely doesn't affect overall plot.

I am always on the lookout for a new Sherlock Holmes movie. I couldn't wait until this came out, because it looked good and it was produced by the BBC-- which also produced the wonderful and never-to-be-duplicated Jeremy Brett series.

What a disappointment this was!

First of all, the villain here is Irene Adler. Why on earth was Irene Adler made the villain? Adler was the only woman Holmes ever really respected and thought he could care about. And, in the Scandal in Bohemia, she clearly isn't a villain. She wrote Holmes a wonderful and caring letter and both Holmes and Watson were left with deep reverence (or at least respect) for her. She is "The Woman" in Sherlock Holmes' life and was never, ever villainous at all.

So, why did the BBC or the scriptwriter or WHOMEVER make Irene Adler one of the most evil and diabolical villains to ever exist? This really is an outrage, if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan. There is nothing in any past Holmes story to indicate that Irene Adler would ever turn into a murderous, conniving, vindictive evil villain. At the end of "Scandal in Bohemia", we are all convinced she is a good, honest, savvy person who earned the respect of Holmes. This was such a disappointment that, had the rest of the movie been actually good, it still would have ruined it for me.

Why not make Moriarty the villain? It is clear from some comments Watson makes that Moriarty is still alive. There is no reason to impugn Irene Adler's legacy by making her this type of villain.

Secondly, the casting was not very good. Jonathan Pryce is a good actor, but there was nothing about him that made him Sherlock Holmes. He definitely didn't 'own' the character. Of course, once you are hooked on Jeremy Brett, nobody can ever really be good enough. But, still, Pryce was 'just a detective'-- there was nothing about his acting that made you believe he was Sherlock. He wasn't brilliant. He wasn't extraordinary. There was nothing at all about him that was special. And, the character (as created in this film) made one or two comments about others' lack of intelligence. Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes would never do this.

The actor playing Watson, on the other hand, was fine. A little bit jolly, but definitely not insultingly doltish as portrayed in other films. Mrs. Hudson was sadly missed here.

Third, I think this is a television pilot. I'm not sure, but it seemed so. This entire movie seemed to be a setup for a future family-friendly series about the Baker Street Irregulars. Holmes talks to them about how they should be taking care of themselves for when he isn't around anymore and there are a couple of plot lines that are clearly left open for a future story. If this is a planned television series, the casting department certainly needs to recast some of the Irregulars' parts. Most were decent, but there was one shorter boy that wasn't very good and Sadie, the lead Irregular, was horrible. She was so horrible that it was hard to have any empathy at all for her character.

All in all, I really wouldn't recommend this. It's definitely not for the Holmes purist, and I doubt it's for too many others, either. Even with the pre-teen and teen protagonists, I can't imagine too many parents anxious to push this as the first Holmes introduction to their children. The embalming might make some parents decide against this. Personally, I would let my preteen and teen watch this if it was good, but I don't think there would be any benefit to do so. It's just not worth recommending at all.

Instead of buying this, get absolutely anything with Jeremy Brett. And, if you've watched all of those, try the Murder Rooms. Those are excellent.

Edited to add: One reviewer here, referring to my review, believed that my review was a spoiler because I mentioned Irene Adler. Nothing could be further from the truth. Irene Adler is mentioned as the villain in other reviews elsewhere and we find that out early on (and expect it the second Watson lets us know that Irene Adler is filed under "evil villains" in their filing system). The mystery is actually catching Irene and trying to figure out how she's doing what she's doing-- and why.


"
Stinks
Bruce Appelbaum | Yorktown Heights, NY USA | 09/21/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Terrible plot that deviates incredibly from the Canon. Nonsensical. Irene Adler is "the woman", not a burglar. Definitely not a Napoleon (Josephine) of crime.

As for the Irregulars, not a Wiggins in sight. Cleanest bunch of late Victorian/early Edwardian street urchins ever seen. Nice that diversity is exhibited (at least in the presence of a Chinese Irregular called Tea Leaf, who has a backstory that is about 100 years prescient for political correctness -- too bad they have to call the character Tea Leaf -- all the Anglos have real names).

If you have $20 and two hours to kill with low expectations, this is for you."