I’ve been a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detail-oriented detective Sherlock Holmes for as long as I can remember. As a young child I devoured the stories and as recently as last week was watching a classic 1944 Holmes movie, The Scarlet Claw, starring Basil Rathbone as the eponymous detective and Nigel Bruce as his bumbling medical sidekick John Watson. I also greatly enjoyed the BBC series of Holmes stories that starred Jeremy Brett as the detective and David Burke as Dr. Watson.
The story is engaging enough, revolving around the malevolent Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) up to nefarious deeds leading to his taking over the government of England (in a manner reminiscent of Guy Fawkes) and then restoring English dominance over America. A shadowy – and satisfying – presence in the background is archenemy Professor Moriarty.