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Without a Clue
The flip side of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is as dashing as ever, but with a little secret: Dr. Watson is the brains behind the operation. When Reginald Kincaid, the actor he has hired to play Holmes becomes insufferable, Watson fires him and tries to go out on his own, but finds that he has done too good a job building Holmes up in the public's mind.
Very funny spoof based on the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley are both in top form as the brainless, womanizing, drunkard Holmes and the brilliant Watson, respectively.
Watson: "Holmes believes your father has been abducted."
Miss Giles: "Abducted?! By who?"
Why I re-watched this one? I felt like a Michael Caine movie.
What is this one about? Caine please Sherlock Holmes...who is actually an actor hired by Ben Kingsley...who plays Dr. Watson and is the real brains of the crime solving duo.
My thought on this one? This was actually the third time that I watched this movie. Finally...I can say I enjoyed the movie. The first time I was very disappointed in the movie....the second time was about 10 years later and I thought maybe I missed something the first time around....but nope I was disappointed again. So going into the third viewing my mindset was....this is not a good movie.
Well I have to admit....expecting the worst....I actually…
In Thom Eberhardt’s Sherlock Holmes variation it’s Watson that does all the heavy lifting but a sloppy and extremely incompetent Holmes that in the end gets the credit, no matter how hard Watson tries to prove his brilliance. While Watson has the intelligent, logical mind, Holmes pretends to perform his investigation and draws faulty conclusions due to him making wild guesses and seeing connections where there are none. He regularly asks Watson for advice on what they should be doing next, but has severe difficulty processing the information he receives. Also, he doesn’t really seem to care whether the crime gets solved or not, he’s just along for the ride, mostly interested in having a good time; drinking, impressing the…
A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective - Dr Watson.
Amusingly twisted take on Sherlock Holmes has good production value and is mildly entertaining, but at times a bit too silly as well.
Without a Clue features stellar teamwork by Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley, who are at their best here. Kingsley is Dr. Watson who actually is the genius at deduction. He has written his adventures as stories with a fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, so as to not hurt his chances at being named to a prestigious board. When the stories got so popular that people wanted to meet Holmes he hired actor, Reginald Kincaid to act the part. The problem: Kincaid is a two-bit, drunken, skirt-chasing actor (Caine) which causes no end of trouble and comic delight whenever "Holmes" tries to improvise his way through a case. It is a real delight to watch these two great actors throw themselves into…
Possibly the first cinematic Holmes I remember seeing and still my favorite, for all its spooftastic revisionism. Watson as the true brains behind the consulting detective, as well as the character and insatiable fandom becoming too big for him to keep control over, just makes so much sense. The Arty Morty deduction is icing.
Not great but a surprisingly good Sherlock Holmes story.
A one-joke film - Sherlock Holmes is an actor hired by Dr Watson so he an do his work in peace - but (like Eberhardt's Night of the Comet) that joke is mined and taken so well that the result is a riot. It helps that Ben Kingsley's Watson is superb, resentful of his creation without ever becoming unlikable, while there's one of Michael Caine's best performances (especially for a lighter film) in his showing as the actor who develops a bit of a backbone without actually getting much smarter. This means the genuine friendship actually grows organically between the characters and they have exemplary timing and chemistry throughout.
Shame about the timewarp stuff with the transvestite, though, which seems crass and unnecessary compared to what's around with it. Docked half a star for that alone.
A spoof of the good old detective stories with Michael Caine as Sherlock Holmes and Ben Kingsley as Dr. Watson.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work is quite self-aware and therefore doesn't lead itself easily to satire.
“Holmes” is actually played be an actor hired by Dr. Watson and the case is a good mystery, still without it's brilliant leads, this movie would have completely fallen apart. The Actor imposing as the famous Detective goes from being ridiculous fraud to becoming actually very good and helpful, which kind of takes the fun away.
I heard of this by way of an interview with the director on The Projection Booth Podcast, and an in addition to a general interest in the Sherlock Holmes Universe, the idea of a somewhat slapstick take featuring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley had me seek out the Blu Ray. The basic conceit is an inversion of the character dynamic between Holmes and Watson, where Watson (Kingsley) is both the chronicler of the Holmes stories, and the actual brains of the operation, and Holmes (Caine) is an actor buffoonishly playing the role to an adoring public. Entertaining and attractive, it does seem to lack a bit of snap in the comic timing, and I can't help but wonder what the material would have yielded in the hands of a director with more finely honed comedy chops. But it's fun seeing Ben Kingsley exercise his rarely seen comedic talents, and overall it's a solid and worthwhile entry in the Holmesverse.
When I was about 19, I was the most drunk I’ve ever been. I locked myself in a friend’s bathroom, puked everywhere and blacked out on the floor.
And so, naturally, the next day, I was the most hung over I’ve ever been. I was in so much pain I thought I was going to die. Then about 6pm, Without a Clue came on the telly and my housemate made me a bacon sandwich and my hangover started to break.
Without a Clue is not a great film. It’s a perfectly fine film with occasional moments of greatness (when I spend a long time working on a problem, I generally write “ARTY MORTY” on a board and giggle to myself),…
Two brilliant actors turn the Holmes story on its head. A bit slow in the middle but generally good fun.