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Elementary, my dear Spielberg

Young Sherlock Holmes, produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Barry Levinson, starring Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, and Anthony Higgins. Opens in Boston theaters Dec. 4.

If you'd like a bit of Dickens with a sprinkling of E.T., you're sure to be amused if not entertained by Steven Spielberg's latest movie the Young Sherlock Holmes. It asks you to imagine that the first meeting of the famous detective duo, Holmes and Watson, took place in their youth. If you are a true Sherlock Holmes fan, try not to take offence and enjoy a moment's entertainment in this obvious stretching of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fiction (according to Doyle's accounts Holmes and Watson met as adults).

Though this film will not go down as one of Spielberg's best, it is a warm Victorian tale equipped with everything from a dozen or so murders, to a pretty girl, to an flying machine right out of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, to an evil villian, and a few Spielberg effects to keep you going. If you like the avante garde, or perhaps Rambo, this flick might not be for you. But if it is your bag, and you find you have some time this Christmas break, give yourself two hours and see it.

It starts out with a scene one would expect Oliver Twist to be a part of, and moves through the streets of Victorian London to introduce its first murder. We are then introduced to John Watson who is arriving at his new boy's school. He soon meets the young Sherlock Holmes, and they quickly become close school companions, and subsequently close companions in solving crimes. The two are joined in their adventures by Holmes' girlfriend, the pretty niece of an eccentric old school professor. Together, the three set out to answer some puzzling questions, and find a few clues to solve a bunch of murders.

It is amusing story with a decent amount of romance, adventure, and special effects to make it an enjoyable two hours at the movies. The acting isn't bad, the cinematography is pretty good, and the special effects are nicely juxtaposed against a Victorian backdrop. So have some fun, and go and see this new version of Spielberg movie magic.

Allison Druin->