Extremely snappy and good start to the Greene and Rathbone series. Some edits to the original story that work out wonderfully without ever loosing the charm of Holmes the character st his best. Rathbone is pretty much made to play Holmes; the mix between the brass nature and interest in the weirdness of his cases with Rathbone's looks just works do well. Greene no slouch either; his Watson is critical and has more eye for the bigger picture and works…
Beautiful looking, it's a Ivory movie after all, but a real lack of good pacing here or even a focused emotional edge. It seems half of the time just seems to mindlessly exist and doesn't do allot with it's interesting subject. Shashi Kapoor and Felicity Kendal are fine as the leads but they never really become more then that with the very wooden stage dialogue that never really fully translates to making it feel neutral something Ivory very much was trying to do here it seems.
Why yes I enjoy a cast of people looking like they wandered of the love witch set in my lower then low budget movie about a priest who can turn in a amazing lowrent dinosaur costume fighting Christian ninjas. Meta jokes? Throw them in for good measure.
This also looks way to good for what it is.
Boone is John Hennigan's vanity project and he sure knows it. Hennigan's is mostly known as pro-wrestler Johnny Mundo/Johnny Morrison but holds a education in film and while Boone is a die-hard b/c/d-movie it shows. It also helps he doesn't take himself or the movie serious one bit.
A parody/ode to crime hunter movies it was mostly shot in Germany and Czech which needs to pass for Mexico/America in good old b-movie tradition Boone has loads of charms. Mostly through…