The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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A fun entry in the Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce series.
These production-line pulp yarns -- Hollywood's Bazooka Bubble Gum -- couldn't have given the terrific Rathbone any sense of challenge or growth as an actor. Nor do they ask much of the viewer, but they can be undemandingly entertaining period bric.
In this very short film ... so much comic relief feels like desperate attempts to pad an already skimpy story.
It can be forgiven for its many flaws.
Penultimate Rathbone Holmes has its moments.
I for one think Basil Rathbone played the best Sherlock Holmes. This movie has Holmes and Watson on a train en route from London to Edinburgh, They are there to protect The Star Of Rhodesia. A huge Diamond held by the Carstairs family. Of course we are lead to believe the diamond is stolen, and has Holmes bundled the case. There are so many suspects in this 60 minute classic. The ending provides quite a twist. I'm sad to say the film I watched was not a UCLA 35mm "restored" process team edition, but some company taking advantage of this film being in public domain and the film quality showed. You can also watch this film here on Flixster for free. Even though film quality was so poor, it was still worth 4 stars as a Holmes Classic.
Basil Rathbone is as great as ever and Nigel Bruce is as much of a bumbly mess as ever.
I will have to agree with Henrik Shunk ,another Flixster user. I am not a big fan of the Rathbone versions of Sherlock Holmes. "They are very pulp, render Watson to a doofus and are usually extremely patriotic (Holmes was British !). Anyhoo this is one of the better films Rathbone/Bruce made. The usual mix of sleuthing, screwball humour and film noir visuals. Highly recommended if you are a fan of Holmes or the classic whodunnit. The conclusion is a bit obvious though."
Of all mystery cliches, the mystery on a train is my favourite, that and a haunted house maybe, I was never the biggest fan of the Rathbone versions of Sherlock Holmes. They are very pulp, render Watson to a doofus and are usually extremely patriotic (Holmes was British !). Anyway, this is one of the better films Rathbone/Bruce made. The usual mix of sleuthing, screwball humour and film noir visuals. Highly recommended if you are a fan of Holmes or the classic whodunnit. The conclusion is a bit obvious though.
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