Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
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.
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 get the credit, no matter how hard Watson tries to prove his own 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…
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…
Had Flashes (Brought that word back)
Estimable parodia y merecido homenaje al personaje del Dr. Watson.
The old Sherlock Holmes story with a twist. Caine and Kingsley are perfect in their roles and play very well off of one another. I also enjoyed Mrs. Hudson and the Irregulars rolling their eyes whenever Holmes says/does something stupid. XD
Charming comedy with a wonderful cast.
Reversing the roles of this particular duo is virtually meaningless. It's not as if Watson is a 12 year old child or a woman of Asian descent. The dynamic is still the genius detective and his dim-witted friend. Caine is more broadly idiotic than the canonical Watson, which plays to the comedy. However, the premise is presented in strictly superficial terms, and it becomes increasingly boring as it's played out over and over again. It doesn't help that the casework is also dull. An ill conceived dud.
sherlock holmes, with plot twist and tickle
Not an entirely great film, but it's a humorous idea with several laughs to be had.
Solid comedy, Caine is a highlight. Could have used a better Moriarty, and truthfully Ben Kingsley wasn't that great either, but that's probably a fault of the script and not the actor. It could have been better in parts I feel, the execution wasn't sometimes that good, perhaps a better director would have helped. Interesting premise that might work as a remake.
I used to throw this VHS on all the time for no good reason when I was 12 or 13. It was a used tape from the local video store. Wore that bad boy down to the nubs because I was (and am) a Holmes aficionado. I'd never picked up the DVD until just recently... and finally christened that little bastard to celebrate Michael Caine's birthday.
Happy birthday, Michael Caine, you old swarthy bastard... all your underappreciated comedies from the 1980's are in FULL SCREEN. And this makes me very unhappy. It should make you unhappy too.
Still a lot of good fun with Ben Kingsley playing the uptight Watson as Holmes puppetmaster. Caine as a bumbling, failed stage actor…
Michael Caine & Ben Kingsley are Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in director Thom Eberhardt’s enjoyable rework of the popular characters... My full review: www.top10films.co.uk/archives/19137
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One of the most fun lists I worked on all year.
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