A weekend trip to the local Blockbuster produced two videos, I mean DVDs. For some reason I still call these things videos, WHY? One was a movie I had wanted to see when it came out but didn’t, Sherlock Holmes, and the other was one I wanted to see but decided I could wait, 2012.
My sister had seen 2012 and did not care for it. She found it a little too long and a little too tedious. I can only tell you I found it thrilling. It was like Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, and Earthquake all rolled into one. But I must make a confession right off the bat, I love disaster movies. Yes, file it under guilty pleasures but I do love a good disaster flick!
Imagine this; it’s the end of the world as we know it…again. But, as I write this, the Icelandic volcano has been spewing for a few days, and it was only recently that I experienced the 7.2 earthquake in San Diego. Which is it, life imitating art or art imitating life? While watching the roads of SoCal being ripped up in the movie, houses and corporate steel and glass canyons crumbling, the sight of California sliding into the ocean seemed a little too unreal - wait - make that too real. Thankfully, it was just a movie but like that old commercial, was that real or was it Memorex? My sister was right though the movie was a little too long and a little too tedious; still, I lived to tell the tale. I give it 4 popcorn tubs!
This is not your Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes of the 40’s! It’s not even the Jeremy Brett version on PBS. No, it’s a totally different spin on previous adaptations of the iconic sleuth. If you ever thought of Sherlock Holmes as an action hero and Dr. Watson as, well, dashing, then this rock and roll version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary character is for you. For myself, I found it rather dull and a little boring. What I did like, and what did survive, was the relationship between Holmes and Watson.
Never thought of Dr. Watson as dashing but played by Jude Law he is!
You may have thought the movie was in color but I found it to be shot in shades of black and grey the only color being Irene Adler’s red dress. The movie did not hold up for me but being a diehard Holmes fan, I will be anticipating the sequel. I hope Professor Moriarty is in it, he might liven things up. In the meantime, I can't decide if this film is rated 2 or 3 popcorn tubs.
Any movie rentals you think I should see? Have a great week!