Mischief is afoot, and only one man is capable of cracking the case. Since Sherlock Holmes’ first appearance in 1887, he has captured the imaginations of writers, directors, and audiences alike. Reportedly based on author Arthur Conan Doyle’s old professor Dr. Joseph Bell, Holmes is able to do what the police often can’t because he has cunning powers of observation, a firm grasp on forensic medicine, and deductive reasoning unmatched by any literary detective to come before or after him. Joined by his faithful sidekick Dr. John Watson, who is often the narrator and an active participant, Holmes set new standards for crime fiction, and his reach has extended into a third century with Guy Ritchie’s latest film. But is this newest version of Holmes capable of besting what many consider to be the character’s finest cinematic appearance, helmed by the immeasurable abilities of director Bob Clark (Porky’s, Black Christmas, A Christmas Story)? Find out in this week’s Reel Rumbles with Sherlock Holmes vs. Murder by Decree.
Twas the fight before Christmas, and here at Flickchart,
Two titans were ready to give it a start.
Capra in one corner; Clark in another,
About to decide who is the Bad Mother.
Reel Rumbles so festive, and ready to bring,
Two holiday classics into the ring.
I, Aric Mitchell, am your humble guide
Reffing this contest to finally decide
Which, this Christmas, is the best flick of all:
It’s a Wonderful Life vs. A Christmas Story?
On with the brawl!