Another Saturday means another Saturday Double Feature!
Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
Let’s face it, this is not exactly a great week for new releases. When the biggest release of the week is another God Is Not Dead sequel, I think it’s safe to say that the major studios are taking the week off.
So that leaves us with something of a dearth of movies to look at for our double feature this week. At fist I considered looking at home video releases to see if maybe there was something there that might be fun to pair up with an older movie, but I finally decided to go back to last week and look at another release from then.
Unfortunately, other than Pacific Rim, here weren’t a whole lot of great movies released last week, either. Ok, well, nobody ever said we had to go with a great movie… or even a good one. Hey, wait, what’s that peeking up with those beady little eyes from the bottom of the barrel? Oy. I think it’s some atrocious flick called Sherlock Gnomes. Ok, what the heck, let’s go with that.
I have no idea how Gnomeo and Juliet managed to make enough money to rate a sequel, except perhaps that the production costs on these things are so low that they can’t help but make money. After all, when the highest level of creativity in your film is the pun in your title, how much can it really cost? Anyway, here we are.
Here, have a trailer
Fortunately, there have, over the years, been much better Sherlock Holmes parodies.
One of the best of these came out in 1975 in the form of The Adventure Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother. While he was finishing production on Mel Brook’s Young Fraankenstein, Gene Wilder was approached with thee idea of creating a Sherlock Holmes parody. Instead of taking on a direct pastiche, however, Wilder decided to frame the movie around Holmes’s insanely jealous brother. No, not Mycroft, whom even Holmes’s creator Arthiur Conan-Doyle acknowledged as Sherlock’s mental superior, but his lesser-known other brother Sigerson.
Bringing along with him from Frankenstein his costars Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman, Smarter Brother became Wilder’s directorial debut. Let’s see how it turned out, shall we?
So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Sherlock Gnomes? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.
Until next time, Happy Viewing!