Sunday, 28 February 2016

Sherlock Scribbles: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes

The 'Sherlock Scribbles' series delves into the bargain bin this week for 'mockbuster' Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes...

Starring: Ben Syder (Sherlock Holmes), Gareth David-Lloyd (Dr Watson), William Huw (Lestrade), Elizabeth Arends (Anesidora Ivory) and Dominic Keating (Thorpe),

Synopsis: During the London Blitz, an elderly Dr Watson looks back at his most bizarre adventure with Sherlock Holmes - the time that London was attacked by sea monsters, dinosaurs and robot assassins...

Doyled or Spoiled?: Despite daring to put Conan Doyle's name in the title, this is one of the least faithful versions of the Holmes canon there has ever been, from the presentation of the lead character to the content of the 'story.' However, it could be argued that the film's far-fetched elements are a logical extension of the comic book/steampunk aesthetic of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes which this film was piggybacking off (for those who don't know The Asylum produce straight-to-DVD movies with similar titles to recent blockbusters, see also: Transmorphers or Atlantic Rim)There is also the addition of Thorpe Holmes, Sherlock's hitherto-unseen brother. This perhaps has some precedent, as many Holmes pastiches have featured a third Holmes brother, although he is usually called Sherrinford. Likewise, the film also reveals, as some Holmes scholars have suggested before, that Sherlock is not the detective's real first name. Here, though, it is Robert, rather than the more usual William (as in Sherlock).

Highlight: Well... I'd like to say that it is Gareth David-Lloyd, who plays the brilliant Ianto Jones on Torchwood, but in truth he isn't given much to work with. How about we make up a new section for today?

Lowpoint: Easily Ben Syder in the lead role. Irrespective of his acting abilities, he is woefully miscast as the usually tall, lean and commanding Sherlock Holmes, possessing the wrong physique, stature and looks to fit the part. Unfortunately, and not to get too personal, Syder also has a thin, reedy voice which is again not what the role requires. I haven't seen every Sherlock Holmes film, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that he is the worst Sherlock Holmes in screen history. 

Verdict: Where do I start? If you hadn't guessed from the mention of dinosaurs and robots, the film has a plot which is completely devoid of all sense, far away at the other end of the spectrum from the puzzlebox plotting that makes up the best Holmes adaptations. It would be very easy to lay into this film for all the liberties it takes with Sherlock Holmes and for just being sub-par in general, but that strikes me as rather pointless. The film itself was cheekily and cheaply made, not to be a worthwhile film but to make a bit of cash. In the end, it is truly terrible but perhaps - just perhaps - a perverse pleasure could be gleaned from watching it, if you approach it in the right frame of mind.

Gareth David-Lloyd wonders whether he has made the right career choices...  

1 comment:

    Why was the Ethiopian eunuch so concerned about being baptized in water?
    1. Did the eunuch want to be baptized so he could join the the 1st Church of Philip?
    2. Did the eunuch want to be baptized as a testimony of his faith?
    3. Did he want be baptized because Jesus commanded it and he wanted to be obedient?
    4. Was he in a hurry to be baptized because he realized that water baptism had nothing to do with the forgiveness of his sins?
    5. Did the eunuch want to be baptized because his sins were already forgiven?
    6. Did he want be baptized to demonstrate that he was saved before he was baptized?

    The answer is NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, and NO.

    The Ethiopian was in a hurry to be baptized because:
    1. He wanted his sins forgiven. (Acts 2:38)
    2. He wanted his transgressions forgiven. (Colossians 2:13)
    3. He wanted to be saved. (1 Peter 3:21)
    4. He wanted to be baptized into Christ. (Romans 6:3)
    5. He wanted to walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)
    6. He wanted his body of sin done away with. (Romans 6.6)
    7. He wanted wanted to live with Christ. ( Romans 6:8)
    8. He wanted to be saved. (Mark 16:16)
    9. He wanted wanted to be clothed with Christ. (Galatians 3:27)
    10. He wanted to have his sins washed away. (Acts 22:16)
    11. He wanted to be saved. (Titus 3:5)
    12. He wanted to enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)
    13. He wanted the Lord to add him to His church. (Acts 2 :41,47)
    14. He wanted to be sanctified. (Ephesians 5:26)
    15. He wanted to be blameless and holy. (Ephesians 5:27)
    16. He wanted to be free of spots and wrinkles.(Ephesians 5:27)
    17. He wanted to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)


    Philip preached Jesus to the eunuch.

    The first question the eunuch ask was "What prevents me from being baptized?"

    Philip said Acts 8:37 [... "If you believe with all your heart you may." And he answered and said , I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."]

    When Philip preached Jesus to the eunuch he must have told him what Jesus said in Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.


    NOTE: In the New Testament Scriptures there is not one single account of anyone denying water baptism as being essential for the forgiveness of sins. Not one mention of anyone saying I was saved before I was baptized. Not one person stated they were saved before baptism, but were baptized so they could join the local church. Not one individual said I was baptized as a testimony of my faith, but it had nothing to do with my salvation. WHY DO YOU NOT READ ABOUT THESE THINGS HAPPENING IN THE 1ST CENTURY CHURCH? WHY? BECAUSE THESE ARE ALL MAN-MADE TRADITIONS THAT ORIGINATED MUCH LATER. (SEE MY APRIL 17 POST---"THE PRICE OF TRADITION')

    (All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)



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