Murder by Decree Reviews
Not as fast paced as I would have liked it to be.
Feeling more like a movie of the week (Hammer films often fit that bill afterall) Murder by Decree does not fill itself with sexual references or gory details which is both good and bad. While I would have liked a film with more visual stimuli, this Sherlock tale just shows that you don't need to show too much in order to tell a story... but the visceral portion of my pleasure center still wanted more.
Murder by Decree isn't for everyone. Younger audiences might find the film a tad bit slow and without the visual punch they're used to. Fans of Hammer studios on the other hand will find themselves right at home. Bob Clark manages to produce yet another underrated yet skilled outing that does justice to the Sherlock Holmes character.
The final scene, where Holmes reveals his hand to the top agents of the government (who are all implicated) is overlong and simply dripping with melodrama. Holmes' heartfelt monologue about the now-dead mother separated from her child was especially excruciating.
The scene in the sanatorium however, marked a high point in the film, with Genevieve Bujold teetering between delicate clarity and madness and the other female patients going absolutely wild around her.
Donald Sutherland's character was a pleasure to watch, but was wholly unnecessary to the plot.