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Young Sherlock Holmes

Mystery & Suspense movie directed by Barry Levinson

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The Game's Afoot!

  • Sep 19, 2000
Pros: Everything!

Cons: It ended.

Where did Holmes and Watson first meet? Why did Holmes wear that deerhunter cap and why such a large pipe? Why did Holmes never seek love?
This movie may have taken a rather large artistic license, but they made such a wonderful and imaginative tale!

(I love Sherlock Holmes, he's one of my addictions from early years, and I still go back to Sir Arthur's works. They are a must for mystery lovers!)

This movie is made for kids, but all the adults I know who have seen it, Love it. Holmes still has all the character appeal from his adult years, we just get to be there to watch it develop!

Holmes and Watson meet and the adventures start! People are dying mysteriously all over London. One man is said to have had some kind of attack , and ran in front of a coach. Another jumps from his window. Why, and how are they linked? When Sherlock's mentor, an eccentric retired professor given to inventing, joins the numbers Holmes is determined to find out why!

The clues begin to appear: an Egyptian blow-pipe, an old photograph of a group of Englishmen , and a much feared cult. How are they connected, and can Holmes find out before the next victim dies, or his rival gets him kicked out of school?

We meet Holmes' earliest rival, his first love, AND learn why Moriarty is his life-long nemesis! Lestrade also makes his appearance, and he is still the comic relief! We see Holmes here as we see him no where else! Not only young, but tender, unsure of himself, filled with angst& guilt, loving, and adventurous.

Watson ,as always, plays second fiddle to Holmes, but here we see why he wouldn't have it any other way. Watson's unswerving loyalty makes sense when we see how they become bound to each other not just by respect, but shared events,knowledge,pain,& loss.

There are also some interesting special effects which complement the story and even the character development well. The story and settings are wonderful. The actors were well cast, and made their characters appealing in ways too varied to describe. Easily understood by a younger audience with plenty to keep adults interested, a film with wide appeal!
(Be sure to watch through the credits!)


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review by . March 26, 2009
This movie has been repeatedly underrated since it came out in 1985 and for no good reason. It has strong writing, directing, acting and setting, and a balanced dose of mystery, fantasy, reality and adventure.    Sherlock Holmes, a young man still in school, faces a mystery that involves an old religious cult that may be responsible for the recent, strange murders taking place in London. Watson is the narrator of the story. He has just arrived at Sherlock's school, and fascinated by the …
review by . May 16, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES is a very imaginative and entertaining addition to the Holmes Saga, detailing the boyhood of Holmes and Watson and their first brush with their most dangerous adversary...     As the story opens, Watson is the new mid-term arrival at Brompton, a boarding-school in the heart of Victorian-era London, where he quickly makes friends with charismatic senior student Sherlock Holmes.    On a quest to discover the reason why his mentor Waxflatter …
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