Static Shock was an animated series that aired from 2000-2004 based on the superhero comic book of the same name. It originally aired on The WB but in 2009 it started airing reruns on the new channel Disney XD.
That is where I fell in love with the show. I remember being about ten years old and seeing all of the commercials for the brand new Disney XD, and the first show that I saw on the channel was Static Shock. After I watched that first episode I was absolutely obsessed with this new superhero that I had never heard of.
The show is about Virgil Hawkins, a young African American teenager who is being raised by his father (a police officer) and his older sister. Virgil is a smart kid who stays out of trouble, until one day he gets beat up by Francis Stone, a gang leader with fire like hair and way too many muscles.
In order to be protected against anymore beat downs by Francis and his gang, Virgil is forced to join a rival gang. After joining the gang, Virgil finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time and is involved in a giant gang fight at a chemical plant.
The police arrive to the gang war and accidentally cause an explosion with the chemicals. The chemicals spread across the area, infecting all of the people in the vicinity with super powers.
This event is later known as “The Big Bang” and it gave Virgil the ability to create, control, and manipulate electricity. After telling his best friend Richie about his new powers, they work together to help turn Virgil into Static Shock, a super hero who fights off other mutants effected the night of The Big Bang.
This character and show is so important, being one of the first mainstream animated series that starred an African American superhero. Giving tons of kids someone to look up to and love watching.
Michael B Jordan announcing that he is producing a Static Shock film is super exciting for fans of the comic books, animated series, and DC. Producing a mainstream super hero film starring an African American hero hasn’t been done since Marvel’s Black Panther. (2018)
After the death of Chadwick Boseman this year, the Static Shock film is something that is needed in the genre. Everyone deserves to have a hero to look up to, and Static Shock is the perfect hero to step up and do that.
A ton of people online are calling for Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas from Stranger Things) to play the role of Virgil/Static Shock in the film. Which I think would be an awesome choice. Jaden Smith has also been tied to the role in the past, and could possibly show interest in the role again.
No matter who plays the role, the idea of seeing this super fun story come to life on the big screen is something I can’t wait to see. In the comics, Static has become something of a fan favorite, even seeing him cross over with huge heroes like Batman, and the Teen Titans.
He is written as a DC version of Spider-Man, with his quick witted jokes and fun teenage shenanigans. The character has one of my favorite origin stories of any hero, and I can’t wait to see what they can do with a big budget.
Are you excited for a Static Shock movie? Do you think he will be introduced into the DCEU or have his own separate universe? Who do you want to see in the role of Static? Tell us about it!
With the highly anticipated ‘The Batman’ movie resuming filming we have been spoiled with tons of set pictures that fans are taking. Everything from pictures of Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, to videos of Batman perched on top of a building. If you want to keep up with these set photos you can follow us on instagram here, where we try to post all of the set photos that we can.
The latest batch of set photos included tons of posters which gave us some major easter eggs regarding other DC heroes and villains. Not to mention the pictures of two extras dressed as Superman and Wonder Woman, for a halloween party scene in the movie. (pictured above)
The picture has broken the internet, because it confirms that Superman and Wonder Woman both exist in Matt Reeves’ DC Universe. Something that was continuted to be proven after this set picture of a newspaper clipping made its way around twitter.
“One such voter who was elated with the result commented to us – We need to get harder on crime. The bus was like a hive of innocent little faces looking up to the skies, fingers pointed everywhere looking for you know who. Then the bus would stop and we’d all bounce out and then would come the eyes. We weren’t from Metropolis, we were from Gotham.”
The clipping goes on, but it becomes more and more difficult to read. From what we can easily read however, is someone talking about Superman saving a bus full of people. This is a super fun easter egg, and it really shows how much detail Matt Reeves is putting into this movie.
Another popular DC hero has an easter egg of his own after this set picture showed a poster with a lightning bolt on it. Very similar to the one that The Flash wears on his chest.
That is not the only easter egg to be found in this picture, if you notice the poster talking about “GothCorp” which is where famous Batman villain Dr. Victor Fries worked before he became Mr. Freeze.
Could Mr. Freeze make an appearance in this version of Batman? The last time we saw Freeze on the big screen was when he was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman and Robin.(1997)
The posters don’t end there, giving us hints at other giant villains that could potentially show up. A poster for Ace Chemicals was photographed on the set, the famous chemical plant that created The Joker himself.
There has been a lot of debate in the Batman community, on if Joker should even show up or not. Some fans make the argument that we have seen four different versions of the clown prince since 2008, and the character has become over saturated.
Others argue that you can’t have Batman without The Joker. This easter egg could very well hint at the Reeves’ version of Joker and how he could be involved.
Tons of the set photos are talking about toxin, or “drops” all of it pointing at some sort of drug that is sweeping Gotham. This poster in partiular talks about “fear.” Any Batman fan knows that if fear and toxin is involved, The Scarecrow is not far away.
A villain that was seen in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy starring Christian Bale as Batman. This isn’t the only easter egg we have pointing towards a villain that showed up in that trilogy.
A poster that says “The Demon’s Quest” was seen on set, which is the title of a famous Batman The Animated Series episode that introduced R’as Al Ghoul. R’as Al Ghoul was intended by the comic book writers to be the Moriarty to Batman’s Sherlock Holmes.
In current pop culture, everyone see’s The Joker to be Batman’s greatest rival, but that was not always the case. Getting to see a version of R’as in Reeves’ The Batman Universe is something that I would love to see.
Having all of these easter eggs in the movie, is wonderful world building. It is helping to flesh out the entire universe that we are about to walk into. Thanks to these posters and pictures, we are learning that this young Batman has a ton on his plate.
We can start to understand how overwhelming it must be for Bruce Wayne to be taking on the Batman mantle and start chipping away at all of these different super villains. Instead of dealing with one villain at a time and pretending the others don’t exist, he is having to deal with all of this realistically.
I think this is all super awesome, and even if we never get to see any of these villains or heroes actually in the films, just the idea that all of them are out there really helps sell the world. Plus the idea that any one of them could show up at any moment has got be extremely excited.
Twitter can be full of hate, politics, comedy, news, family, friends, but more importantly… Fish Tanks. As a lover of films and television, my twitter feed is filled with tons of fun accounts dedicated to that subject. Nicknamed, Film Twitter.
One of the most bizarre, and intriguing accounts on Film Twitter is, Is There A Fish Tank In That Film? An account that posts a different film that has a fish tank in it, every single day. Some times several times a day. Surely they have ran out of movies with fish tanks… right?
Wrong. It seems that fish tanks are more common in movies than you would have thought. In only three months, ITAFTITF has highlighted over 200 different films that have a fish tank somewhere in it.
Not only do they tell you what the film is, but they also include a picture of the fish tank in the film. Ever since I started following the account, I have started noticing all of the fish tanks that they have shown me in classic movies. Such as the one in E.T. (pictured above)
A relatively small account, having only being created in July of 2020, Is There A Fish Tank In That Film should definitely be your next twitter follow. Every day I get excited to see what fish tank is going to be next.
Not only is this a great account to find all of the fish tanks of film, but it also makes a great place to find film recommendations for a night in. Make sure you go and give them a follow by clicking here.
What do you think about ITAFTITF? Did you realize how many fish tanks there really were? What is your personal favorite account on Film Twitter? Tell us about it!
Adam Sandler’s latest collaboration with Netflix is a halloween-comedy focused around a very Sandler character named Hubie Dubois. Hubie is the town moron, who goes around with a “Swiss Army Thermos” in order to keep everyone safe. Usually this means just harassing the police about petty misdemeanors made by teenagers.
Being constantly abused and bullied, Hubie has all of the makings of a classic Sandler protagonist, right down to the strange, silly baby voice.
Hubie’s favorite night of the year is Halloween. Which is strange due to how easily he gets scared (See: Screaming in terror over a kid in a Frankenstein mask.) Hubie sees it as his responsibility to keep the whole town safe on the scariest night of the year.
After a mental patient escapes from the asylum, a werewolf is seen running around, and people are disappearing. It’s up to Hubie Dubois to save the day!
The movie is actually a ton of fun. Even though Sandler’s baby talking voice can be pretty annoying and hard to hear at times, Sandler is genuinely really funny. The physical comedy that he pulls off is hysterical, and he even has some really solid one liners that cracked me up.
It also doesn’t hurt that they pulled out an all star cast. Consisting of a plethora of SNL cast members (former and current) as well as some big former Disney stars like China Anne McClain and Karan Brar.
It has all of Sandler’s usual film buddies, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi. As well as some other big names like Noah Schnapp, Ben Stiller, and even Shaquille O’Neal.
The cast is absolutely hilarious, and everyone lands at least one solid joke. Don’t even get me started on Steve Buscemi, who steals the show every time he is on screen. The comedy chemistry between this wide array of stars old and young makes this film a must watch for the entire family.
Usually I would talk about how the story lacked a bit of substance, but to be honest it was a simple plot that helped move along the really strange and goofy comedy. If it was too complicated it would have taken away from the humor.
The movie is really really weird. If you try to take it too seriously then you aren’t going to like it. But if you want to see things like Adam Sandler getting sent flying through the air and hit a tree, catch flying eggs in a thermos, and then use the same thermos as a grappling hook; then this is the movie for you.
It’s PG-13 rating suits it well. It’s silly enough for the kids to enjoy, while having enough adult humor for teenagers and parents. I personally really enjoyed watching this movie, and I can see it becoming a fun one to watch every October.
What did you guys think about the movie? Is it going to become a Halloween favorite? Tell us about it!
Batman is one of the most famous superheroes of all time. There is a reason we see some sort of Batman in film and television constantly. Already a comic book favorite, his fan base grew larger and larger when he was one of the only super heroes that were able to have successful ventures into mainstream film and tv.
Thanks to all of the different movies over the years we have seen tons of versions of Bruce Wayne and Batman. We’ve seen the different bat suits, bat-mobiles, and even bat signals. We have seen several different actors play Alfred Pennyworth, Commissioner Gordon, and The Joker. Tons of the The Joker.
However, someone that we have not seen a ton of is Robin, The Boy Wonder. Batman’s famous sidekick that is a major part of the comics, and the animated versions of Batman. He has shown up a few times over the years, but die-hard Batman fan’s just haven’t gotten to see one we really like on the big screen.
Hopefully Matt Reeves’ The Batman trilogy will finally give us a Robin we can all be proud of. But until then, let’s take a look at some of the great (and not so great) live action Robins from Film and TV!
BURT WARD (Batman 1966)
Adam West and Burt Ward were the first versions of Batman and Robin to really hit the mainstream with the hit show that ran from 1966-1968. As well as the live action movie they did in 1966!
Burt Ward’s version of Robin was silly and campy just as the show and movie was, but people absolutely loved it. In fact, many die hard Batman fans, especially ones that grew up watching the show and movie, consider him the greatest to ever don the Robin tights!
CHRIS O’DONNELL (batman forever, batman & robin)
Chris O’Donnell was brought into the 90’s Batman movie series to play the first live action version of the character since Burt Ward. After the first two Batman films in the series, Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) were big hits thanks to director Tim Burton, the studio wanted to make a third one.
Director Tim Burton was set to return, as was Batman actor Michael Keaton. But after a falling out caused Burton to leave the directing chair, Keaton followed him out the door. The studio decided to make the film anyway, replacing Michael Keaton as Batman with Val Kilmer.
In this new version of the movie, they brought in actor Chris O’Donnell to play along side Kilmer as the famous sidekick. After the movie came out to…mixed reviews, O’Donnell still signed on to reprise his role in the fourth film Batman & Robin (1997) this time he was fighting along side the new Batman, George Clooney.
Batman & Robin was not loved by the Batman fans, or anyone for that matter. So needless to say, O’Donnell’s version of Robin is not one that is thought about fondly. It also did not help that O’Donnell was 27 at the time of the movie, and Robin is typically shown as 12 year old boy.
They did a decent job of explaining that this version of Robin was around 17 or 18, but it still felt pretty weird.
MARLON WAYANS (Burton’s third batman Film)
What? Marlon Wayans never played Robin! While Wayans never officially played the role, he did however get hired AND paid to play Tim Burton’s version of Robin in his sequel to Batman Returns.
If Burton had not have left the franchise, Wayans would have been the boy wonder along side Michael Keaton. But alas, Burton DID leave, and we will never see this version of Robin on the big screen. But what would it have been like?
Wayans would have been in his early 20’s when his version of Robin would have come out. And while he probably wouldn’t have looked quite as old as O’Donnell he still would have been an older version of Robin.
Do you think that Burton would have done a better job with the sidekick? Or was it doomed to fail no matter who was in the directors chair?
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT (The dark knight rises 2012)
The most recent and most popular Batman franchise is Christopher Nolan’s films with Christian Bale as the bat-costumed hero. An amazing trilogy that gave us a gritty, real world version of Batman that we had never seen before.
The first two films of the trilogy, Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008) focused on Batman as a lone protagonist. It didn’t even hint towards a sidekick or any version of Robin. How could they? This grounded version of Batman has no room for a 12 year old boy in tights!
But Christopher Nolan surprised us all in his third and final film of the series The Dark Knight Rises (2012) when at the end of the movie the character John Blake, a police officer who helped Batman throughout, revealed that his real name was Robin.
This version of Robin was more of a nod to fans instead of an actual live action Robin, but still! It counts! People loved the reveal and thought that Joseph Gordon-Levitt deserved a solo movie as Robin or as Nightwing (the hero that the original Robin, Dick Grayson becomes.) That movie never came to fruition.
BRENTON THWAITES (Titans 2018-current)
When DC Universe started their original show Titans, fans were super excited to see a live action version of the famous Teen Titan comic book team. What became even more exciting is when the show came out and gave us a look at the live action Dick Grayson played by Brenton Thwaites.
Playing an older version of Robin at the beginning of the show, and showing the transformation into his own hero Nightwing, was one of the greatest parts of the series. The show is still running, in fact it just got picked up as a HBO Max original and will continue to show us Thwaites as Dick Grayson, the first ever Robin.
The show has it’s ups and downs, but no-one can deny that Thwaites is an amazing live action Robin and we are super excited to see more of him.
CURRAN WALTERS (titans 2018-current)
Dick Grayson isn’t the only Robin in the show Titans. The show introduces Jason Todd, the boy who becomes Robin after Dick Grayson leaves Batman’s side to become his own hero. In the comics, Jason Todd is infamous for being killed by The Joker and becoming the anti-hero Red Hood.
The show introduces Jason Todd played by Curran Walters in the first season, and he becomes a huge part of the show. Walters plays the hot headed character so well, that he immediately steals the show whenever on screen.
Knowing where the character is headed is exciting, because it means that we will get to see Walters as the Red Hood in season three of Titans. This is the first time we are seeing a live action version of Jason Todd and it will be the first ever live action version of Red Hood.
Usually when Robin is portrayed in live action, it is the Dick Grayson character. The one that starts off the Robin legacy. So getting to see the second Robin in action has been a huge highlight for Batman and Robin fans.
Here’s to hoping that we will get to see some more awesome live action Robin’s in the future. Matt Reeves’ The Batman series will hopefully give us a live action version of Robin that is more accurate to the comics, unlike the ones played by O’Donnell and Gordon-Levitt. It would be super cool to see a young Dick Grayson on the big screen.
Another potential live action Robin could be brought in by Titans. If the show plans on killing Jason Todd and turning him into the Red Hood, then how long before we get to see Tim Drake? The third Robin who takes up the tights after Jason Todd’s death.
If Titans continues to show us the history of the Robins, then we could even run into Damien Wayne eventually. The son of Bruce Wayne and the fourth and current Robin in the main comic book canon.
Finally, the only other place that we could currently run into a live action Robin would be in the CW’s Batwoman show. Perhaps Batwoman will call upon a fellow member of the Bat Family for help in a future season.
So what do you think about the live action Robins? Which is your favorite? Do you hope to see one in The Batman (2021)? Are you a fan of the Titans versions of Robin? Tell us about it!
One of the most beautiful things in the world, is art. Art is defined as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination.” Art can be anything from a painting, to a performance of theatre. Art is every song you hear, and every movie you watch.
Art is just as important to life as things like science and math. The contributions that artists make to this world are just as important as anything done by Sir Isaac Newton, or Einstein. However, art faces problems that do not occur in other contributions. Problems that do not come from the art itself, but from the creator.
We live in a time where people are being held more accountable for their actions than ever before. Which is an incredible thing, and a big step forward in humanity. But leaves us with a complex issue when the person being held accountable, is an artist.
A musician whose music has moved and changed the lives of millions of people. An actor or actress whose performances have inspired countless of human beings. A writer, A painter, A poet, whose art has truly changed the world and left it in a different way than when they found it.
What do we do when these people, these artist, are terrible and vile monsters? Do we get rid of their contributions altogether? Do we try to ignore the things they’ve done and just enjoy the art as usual? How do we separate the art from the artist? And should we?
If art is as important to humanity as science and math. Maybe we should look at how we would handle the situation when controversy strikes in their realm. If it came out tomorrow that Sir Isaac Newton was a violent, crazed, serial killer what would we do?
Would we throw out calculus? No longer believe in gravity? Would we rename Newton’s Laws of Motion? I don’t think we would. I think we would continue to use and appreciate the contributions that he had made, while still detesting him for the murders that he committed.
Should we do the same thing for art? Can we continue to watch House of Cards and enjoy the show, while hating Kevin Spacey for committing terrible crimes in real life? Does listening to Thriller on Halloween, show support and appreciation for just the song, or does it also show support to the man who sings it?
Perhaps it depends on the situation. I’ve heard people say that they can separate the art from the artist usually, but certain cases give them chills. They can watch The Cosby Show and still laugh, but when R Kelly comes on the radio, they change the station.
One certain response to this question gave me chills. Stating that you absolutely must separate the art from the artist because the greatest art comes from the most broken people. And it is the most broken people, who hurt others the most.
Another person told me that they will never separate the two. Because everything that a person makes, reflects who that person is. The art and the artist are one and the same.
I think that the answer to all of this is beautifully simple. Every individual interprets art differently. Two people can look at the same work of art and feel very different things. Art is and has always been subjective. Perhaps how we decide to separate or not separate the art from the artist is just as subjective.
Maybe how we each personally decide to deal with a certain song and their singer, an actor and their film, a painter and their painting. Is an art form of it’s own.
What a week it’s been. Due to situations within my personal life, I have been spending a ton of time locked in my room. With all of this sudden free time on my hands, you would think I would have gotten a ton of articles done. Well you would be wrong.
Instead, I decided to start watching Game of Thrones for the first time. What a journey I have decided to embark on. First of all, the show is absolutely awesome. I just finished the first season and I am absolutely hooked.
The complex names and relationships were a bit difficult to keep track of for the first few episodes, but boy once I figured out who was who, I was HOOKED. The really interesting thing about this first season, is how low of a budget they seem to have.
For the first few episodes, it feels like a soap opera. A drama told through tons of dialogue and not a lot action. The writing is so great that you find yourself not even needing giant fight scenes or CGI dragons. The actors are tremendous, they really make you feel immersed in the time period and this fictional world.
As the episodes go along in the first season, we start to see more action. We get to witness the complicated relationships between the characters get even more complex. I’m very glad that I have been able to just sit down and practically binge the entire season, so that I don’t forget anything from the episode before.
Watching Game of Thrones now is a bit strange, as I am extremely late to party. However, I think that is going to be more helpful as I get to the later seasons. When people were going crazy for the seasons as they came out, having watch parties and talking about the show on a weekly basis; they became very disappointed with the final seasons.
I have the benefit of not expecting too much out of them, since I already know how disappointing they were upon release. So I am going through the series enjoying it for what it is. Not for what it could be, as so many fans did in the past.
Before I had started watching Game of Thrones this week, I had actually started watching the Netflix show ‘Peaky Blinders.’ Another period drama that has a huge fan base. I finished the first season in just over a day, and really enjoy it.
I have taken a break before starting season 2 in order to watch Game of Thrones. But once I finish the series, I’m looking forward to throwing myself right back into Peaky Blinders. Peaky Blinders has done what shows like Sons of Anarchy have done before, which is make me want to start my own gang.
I always think it’s a good idea, but then I remember that in real life, it is a lot easier to get caught. Or killed. Either way, I love Peaky Blinders and I am excited to see how the story goes in the rest of the series.
Other things that I have been doing this week, is running a Greatest Actor/Actress tournament on the Exciting Incident instagram. The tournament is a collection of some of the greatest actors and actresses acting today. However, with only so many spots, I missed out on a ton of great actors and actresses for the tournament.
Maybe I will do another tournament after this one is done, and put the winner of this one up against a whole new bracket of amazing talent. If you want to participate in the tournament, voting takes place each day! So go jump in!
So that is what I have been doing and watching for this week! What have you guys been up to? Tell us about it!
It’s October 1st, which means that it is officially Halloween. Right? Every year our resident horror fanatic, Grace Bennett, creates her Halloween-a-thon schedule! Every night of October is paired with a horror or halloween film to really make the most of the spookiest time of the year.
If you want to participate in the Halloween-a-thon this year, here’s what we are watching every night! If you do end up watching along, be sure to tell us about it on Twitter or Instagram!
OCTOBER 1ST – hocus pocus
OCTOBER 2ND- escape room
OCTOBER 3RD – the creature from the black lagoon
OCTOBER 4TH – haunted mansion
OCTOBER 5TH – scooby doo
OCTOBER 6TH – sweeney todd
OCTOBER 7TH – halloweentown
OCTOBER 8TH – the thing
OCTOBER 9TH – clue
OCTOBER 10TH – get out
OCTOBER 11TH – corpse bride
OCTOBER 12TH – it
OCTOBER 13TH – friday the 13th
OCTOBER 14TH – pet semetary
OCTOBER 15TH – what we do in the shadows
OCTOBER 16TH – poltergeist
OCTOBER 17TH – the shining
OCTOBER 18TH – night of the living dead
OCTOBER 19TH – ghostbusters
OCTOBER 20TH – ready or not
OCTOBER 21ST – beetlejuice
OCTOBER 22ND – scream
OCTOBER 23RD – candyman
OCTOBER 24TH – the nightmare before christmas
OCTOBER 25TH – the ring
OCTOBER 26TH – house on haunted hill
OCTOBER 27TH – nightmare on elm street
OCTOBER 28TH – silence of the lambs
OCTOBER 29TH – hereditary
OCTOBER 30TH – cabin in the woods
OCTOBER 31ST – halloween
Have fun watching this collection of horror classics, and fun family films! We know we will be having a blast!
I know. You’ve all been wondering the same thing I have. Where the heck is Vince Vaughn? The actor known for comedic roles in films such as Dodgeball (2004) and Wedding Crashers (2005) has been missing from pop culture as of late.
Well, luckily, God has answered our prayers and brought our favorite tall funnyman back to screens, but not how you’d think.
Early this September, the trailer for Blumhouse’s new horror feature, FREAKY, appeared on the internet featuring Vince Vaughn as a killer that trades bodies with a high school nobody. Vaughn seems to be taking on a Jack Black Jumanji-type role, in which he is tasked with playing a high school girl trapped inside of a grown man’s body.
After switching bodies under mysterious circumstances, Vince Vaughn’s character is tasked with making things right while her killer is waltzing around in her female body and killing her fellow students left and right.
From the trailer, one can see that Vince wears this character well. Even Stephen King was praising the actor stating that Vaughn “has GOT to get nominated for an Academy Award.”
The new Universal and Blumhouse film is set to hit the theaters Friday, November 13, 2020. Our expectations are high, Vince. Please do not disappoint us. We doubt that you will.
Are you excited for the movie? Do you have reservations? Tell us about it!
Enola Holmes was one of the more anticipated Netflix films as of late. The trailer had Sherlock Holmes’ fans very excited to see not only a new take on the iconic detective novels, but also a new Sherlock himself.
The film was released on Netflix on September 23, 2020 and quickly shot up the Netflix Top 10 list. I watched the film and well, I don’t think it was quite what I had hoped it to be.
The film is about Enola Holmes, the little sister of Sherlock and Mycroft. After their mother disappears, leaving young Enola all by herself, Mycroft takes her in as his ward.
Mycroft is played by Sam Claflin, and he does a fantastic job of playing Sherlock Holmes’ brother. A very proper english gentleman, who believes deeply in the government, and that men should be the ones leading it.
He plays Mycroft as not an evil man, as some versions of the character come across as, but as a politician. A man who is stuck in his ways. He believes that Enola should be a proper woman, wearing proper clothes, and marry a man to take care of her.
Forcing her into a very un-feminist, girl’s training school, Mycroft comes across as a prick. Making him very unlikable, but not evil. He is very much the least likable of the Holmes’ family and I think this version of Mycroft is very accurate to the character portrayed in the novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
After Enola evades Mycroft and goes on the run, she meets a young man of English royalty named Tewkesbury. Who we know immediately is going to be Enola’s love interest. We get to watch the two of them grow closer throughout the film, and the film very quickly shifts plots.
No longer is the film about Enola finding her mother, but now it’s about saving her new friend Tewkesbury from the assassination attempts being made on him. All while trying to evade her brothers.
Sherlock obviously finds her, and they have a nice moment where they talk in detail about their relationship. Sherlock is enamored by Enola and very impressed with her. This version of Sherlock is being played by Henry Cavill.
Henry Cavill very slickly has tossed his name into the “Who is the best Sherlock” conversation. Playing a more quiet, calm, sophisticated version of the character as opposed to the versions played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Robert Downy Jr.
Cavill plays Holmes as very soft-spoken and kind. You can feel the lack of emotion and empathy that is famous of the character, but instead of being a sociopath, he just comes across as a man who focuses on facts rather than emotion.
Any time that we see Sherlock, either with Enola or on his own, is a highlight of the film. Hopefully we will get to see more of Cavill as Sherlock Holmes.
Enola and Tewkesbury take turns saving each other until finally we have the big reveal. The person behind the assassination attempts was Tewkesbury’s own grandmother. All of it being a ploy to keep the young man from voting against her political ideals in the upcoming vote.
If the review seems a bit underwhelming, it’s because it is. The film is a lot of fun to watch, due to the great characters, creative fourth wall breaking, and a nice look into old timey London.
However, when it comes to story, it lacks a lot of substance. The film does not stay on track long enough for us to even realize what we are supposed to be caring about. First we think that finding her mother is the most important thing. Then we totally forget about the mother and are worried about politics and the assasination of a young man.
Add in the combination of a rivalry with the headmistress of the school, and her relationship with her brothers, and it just becomes to much to juggle. The film is something that a younger audience will surely adore however.
With a plot that is complex enough to keep them interested, while being simple enough to follow. The younger audience doesn’t really know or care about the pacing and timing of a story, so they probably won’t even notice the lackluster parts of the film.
Overall, I think the film was fun to watch. I know I’ve said that a few times now, but it’s the best way to really describe it…fun. Millie Bobby Brown does a fantastic job of bringing to life the younger sister in the Holmes’ family.
Showing off how intelligent, strong, and extraordinary the character is; all while showing the struggles that come from being a teenager. Her performance is truly believable as a young woman who could step up to solve mysteries along side her famous brother, or even alone.
In fact, one of the highlights of the film is at the end. When Sherlock visits Inspector Lestrade to tell him that he had completely solved the mystery. Just for Lestrade to humor him, until informing him that Enola had already solved it.
With a smug grin, and a “Ha!” Sherlock ends the film showing just how proud of Enola he is. Maybe this could lead to a sequel where instead of a Dr. Watson, we see Sherlock solve a major mystery along side his little sister.
At the end of the day, this is not a movie that I will be watching over and over again. However, I am hopeful that it will bring about a sequel or even an entire franchise where we can dive more into this version of Sherlock Holmes.