Just for fun (I sometimes have a bizarre notion of what constitutes "fun"), I've been watching the Asylum Pictures "mockbuster" called Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, which came out the year after Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes film. In case you didn't know, Asylum is the film company that brought us the Sharknado films, among other bizarre offerings. So it's not like I expected any sort of quality from the film, but it was on Hoopla Digital, which is a service through our local library that enables users to check out digital entertainment for a limited time. Still, as bad films go, this one exceeded my expectations, by which I mean, it's worse than I could have imagined.
The film opens with an elderly Dr. Watson watching the Germans bomb London in 1940. He reminisces to the nurse caring for him (who has an amazingly modern hair-do for the period) that this is not the first time he's seen the city on fire. Thus begins the flashback to the "untold adventure" of his great friend Sherlock Holmes. It turns out to be a bizarre tale that includes a kraken-like creature sinking a ship, dinosaurs rampaging around London, and an awful lot of sup-par acting and writing.
When I first wrote this post, I hadn't finished the film yet, but I just finished it. And all I can say is...wow. Wow. There's so much wrong with the film, even beyond the bad acting and CGI. For example, when Holmes and Watson first encounter a dinosaur during a walk in the park, and said dinosaur is limited to some trees rustling and some shaky camera work. Presumably there was a limited CGI budget to animate the dinosaurs, so they had to keep things really basic whenever possible. There are several other hilarious details that illustrate exactly how awful the film is:
Perhaps the most concise criticism of the film I've read is this citation on Wikipedia from Alan Barnes' excellent book on Holmes films:
In his book Sherlock Holmes On Screen: The Complete Film and TV History, Alan Barnes...described Ben Syder's Holmes as "punchable" and called the overall film "dismal," "cheap and cheerless," and criticized the "risible final act" in particular. He concluded by saying that "listing the production's many deficiencies would be an entirely pointless exercise."
I'm including the trailer for the film below, so my readers can get just a taste of this cheesy adventure in filmmaking.
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.