Starring Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins, Freddie Jones, Roger Ashton-Griffiths
(7-Very Good Film)
Vivid. Exciting. Creepy.
What is it about the ’80s aesthetic that I respond to so strongly? Even in minor works or light entertainments such as Young Sherlock Holmes, it keeps me coming back. Nicholas Rowe plays the famed detective in his teenage years with Alan Cox playing Watson. They befriend each other while investigating the mysterious deaths of three men that seem linked to an underground cult with mystical powers. Like most ’80s family films, Young Sherlock Holmes has its creepy moments. Many of them actually. Perhaps it’s the combination of light adventure with dark, surprising horror I find in so many ’80s pictures that I enjoy so much. One could quibble that Young Sherlock Holmes solutions are overly simple (the unknown villain goes by a name that is just his real name spelled backwards), but the film is successful as entertainment.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-