"Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Mortal Combat" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

It is believed that the Soviet film adaptation of short stories and novels of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes - an unsurpassed masterpiece, and that no one ever able to compete with him the film did not take off for a certain circle of people Igor Maslennikov movies are so firmly entrenched authority. that any foreign version, they are skeptical, if not negative. In the perception of the majority of viewers Livanovsky Holmes - one of a kind, but because they simply compare it with nothing. Meanwhile, from the meticulous attention to fan sherlockiana, sufficiently familiar with the original, will not escape the insignificant fact that not everything in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson" perfect. In general, the series (except for "The Twentieth Century") excellent, but under review "Mortal Combat" ulterior motive became the object of my labor midnight - because of discrepancies with the original and their own stupid enough there. And while I understand that it is expensive to cry for the large number of minuses, but the truth is torn out. . So
«Mortal Combat" - the second series of the second film about Sherlock Holmes (and fourth in total), based on the story A.-C. Doyle's "The Final Problem", with a touch of the events that followed him, "Let the house». It tells, as you know, the intellectual and the physical duel detective amateur and Professor Moriarty (by the way, mistakenly called everywhere by James, because who carefully read the product knows that James was called the brother of Professor, and not himself). "The Final Problem" - itself the most exciting and controversial story "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes", it turns unpretentious, on the one hand, and the grandiose, on the other hand, the history of the target, in desperation, trying to disappear from the eyes of the hunter. Every word of this story is permeated with sadness, tragedy and doom. Why should already complicate things? Shooting a film about the brilliant detective, the writers obviously forgotten that genius - it's easy, but they are utter confusion. Recall at least the fact that they decided to start with the end ...
The film begins with the fact that Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson shows his "filing cabinet" of criminals, briefly describe the most remarkable of them, until it comes to Colonel Sebastian Moran, for whom going to establish a closer surveillance. To do this, they, along with Watson are sent to the card club "Bagatelle", which is a frequent guest of Colonel. But let me, what's the Moran, if, according to the story of Holmes at the time had to come back from France, where the unraveling international business, we suspect from the doctor notes, inseparably associated with Professor Moriarty? You see, what's the catch: hardly a professor devoted so much energy to the destruction of Holmes, unable to prevent the more significant crimes, rather than the usual household theft or murder. However, it can be omitted. But more - more. Holmes being taken to "rendezvous" with Moriatri directly from the club and, moreover, still blindfolded. Poboku Doyle, who wrote that the professor did not disdain to come home to Holmes, so as not to cause unnecessary suspicion, and what is more important - to impress sincere man who is ready to negotiate peace rather than inveterate offender, avid to "claptrap". Sam Moriarty is not inspiring - like description met exactly, except age, however, but if the writer's former mathematician held with dignity, and only at the end of the conversation it erupts rage, repressed at will, there is - it is some kind of finished psychopath, does not like the Napoleon of the criminal world, rather to escaped from the hospital. Everything in his appearance and behavior suggests that the filmmakers realized Doyle too literally - for the theater is perhaps fit for a movie - no. Moriarty - the only worthy opponent Holmes, inspiring fear and respect, this film was immediately humbled before the audience, when Holmes deftly twisted his arm, after which no other feeling but contempt for this character left
gone further. According to the story "The latter is done," Watson for three years, he was married, but because he lived accordingly, neither Baker Street 221 B, and in another area with his wife. The night before leaving for the Continent, it is, of course, I was at home, while Holmes slept who knows where, but obviously not at Baker Street. In the series, as Watson gets married only a few episodes, and they with Holmes continued to live in his bachelor pad. What do we have? The night before the fire, arranged henchmen Moriarty, Holmes retires quickly, in other words, escapes, leaving Watson and Mrs. Hudson alone in the "occupied" territory of the enemy? And he, therefore, did not care whether or not to suffer (or die) his family? At Watson, as you remember, even a little burned cheek. All this is illogical, overly pompous word, improbable.
Then, Watson. What I have always been annoyed at Watson Solomin is his caricature (and certainly futile) attempt to reveal a secret, while, in general, a limited mind. Doyle he also sometimes tried to use its modest ability to unsolvable problems, but in the movies Maslennikov these efforts have grown to ridiculous proportions and Solomin in similar situations look ridiculous. In "Death combat" he did not miss a moment to take the initiative, and instead of that would be, as I said, to run with all the speed of Louserskomu passage, in order to be in time for the appointed time, he imposingly walking there, in addition, he had to bestow his in . ultimately useless advice Lestrade
By what has been said can be added as well, and a special train, in fact, ordered Moriarty, in spite of the "self-propelled" crew, which featured in the film; Canterbury town where Watson and Holmes left the train, in contrast to the adaptation; innkeeper "England" in Switzerland, never Steals head of Cupid and similar inaccuracies. Yes, it would seem, little things do not deserve your hard censure tell you, but the film is something, after all, claims to be a brilliant film adaptation, and therefore has no right to be so, "the author».
itself "mortal combat" Holmes and Moriarty completely negates the spirit of mystery and emptiness finals. Expediency is completely repeat it in the "Tiger Hunt" much less clear.
all mi hot like "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson," but with the years you start to notice the obvious, koi hitherto not fall into the field of view, and not I mention them would be dishonorable. Yes, for me Maslennikov movies are also a kind of benchmark, but the works of Conan Doyle mean a lot more as I read them first.
P.S. In the British television series "Granada" (1984-1985) is a series devoted to the above story, and before the indignation, click on "No", see it, and you will see how to actually have to deal with this remarkable product.

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