I will try to avoid any spoilers, but I suggest that you watch this movie before reading.
This is my first shot at a movie review- it will be brief.
So, I was born in 1969 and have begun watching movies from around that time that I have not seen either because I was too young, had never heard of
them, or just did not think that it was something that would interest me. One of the films that fits this description was "The Private Life of
Sherlock Holmes" released in 1970. IMDB LINK
Directed by Billy Wilder
(The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, and many many more credits)
Robert Stephens as Sherlock Holmes
(Cleopatra, War and Peace, and many many more)
Christopher Lee as Mycroft Holmes
(The Hobbit as Saruman, The Avengers TV series, and a billion more)
Colin Blakely as Dr. Watson
(The Big Sleep, and also The Avengers TV series)
If the cast isn't enough to make your mouth water, other aspects of this movie should inspire many of my fellow ATS members to view this 2-hour
film. The cinematography, costumes, sets, and script are all fantastic (in my humble opinion) and I was caught off guard by many surprises that begin
almost immediately and continue throughout up to and including the ending. It is obvious that the "Cold War" inspired some of the content, however,
it still holds true to the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writings.
Some of the fun stuff:
Spies, Cryptids, Submarines, Sperm Donors, A ballet dancer so beautiful that 11 (wait 12) men have died over her, and
what Sherlock Holmes story would be complete without illicit substances? I can't list too much stuff or it would spoil the movie for those who have
not had a chance to see it yet.
I give the movie 4 stars.
It may drag on a bit for some with a less than moderate attention span, but I thoroughly enjoyed the twists, turns,
and superb acting. I laughed out loud a number of times, and had a great time watching it, although I wish I had been in a convertible at a drive-in
with a cute lady to share the experience. I hope that some of you will have already seen this and reply with your opinions. I also hope that some
younger members will give this movie that is nearly 50 years old a chance.
Thanks for taking the time to read this! Time for popcorn!!!!