After a little excursion to the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square to see Jaws and Jurassic Park, I left the cinema feeling a mixed bag of emotions. Watching these two classic films got me thinking about the dire state of modern summer blockbusters.
So join me in my double feature retro review where I look at why Jaws and Jurassic Park are so successful and what modern filmmakers can learn from them.
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Let’s break the spin of a fresh new book and discuss it! This time it’s Matthew Haig’s THE HUMANS. There really is no place like home…
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Written by Leah Moore & John Reppion and Illustrated by Aaron Campbell
An explosion rips through an East London warehouse, A Sir Samuel Henry, a man dying of consumption, had been sent a death threat, and a Baron Lothair desires to meet with Sherlock Holmes.
When Sir Henry summons Sherlock Holmes to his home, Holmes and Watson find it heavily protected by the Metropolitan Police. Sir Henry is locked away in his room and calls to speak with Sherlock Holmes alone. When gun fire is heard Watson and Lestrade and Special Branch officer Detective Inspector Davis find Sherlock Holmes standing over Sir Henry’s dead body holding a smoking gun! Did Sherlock Holmes just murder him or is there another game afoot…
I approach Sherlock Holmes comics with scepticism. They can be a real hit and miss, but The Trial of Sherlock Holmes proved itself to be a thrilling tale.
The artwork is overall, really great! It sets the Victorian tone perfectly. It has moments where the panels feel like they are alive and moving. It is very immersive art. Like most Sherlock Holmes graphic novels, you get to visit many of London’s big landmarks, but all are vital to the story which is smart. Buckingham Palace, The Natural History Museum, the Old Bailey, Kew Gardens and more are all here but help drive the plot. It’s not just Holmes and Watson walking passed Big Ben. My only complaint about the art is that both Watson and Lestrade look terribly similar and at times made it tricky to remember which was which when they shared group scenes together. And if I must nitpick, their version of Mycroft is spot on apart from this thick black moustache hanging off his face. I love when illustrators take reference from various screen portrayals or the original Sidney Paget drawing, but I’m not sure where this moustache came from.
The Trial of Sherlock Holmes is a clever and urgent story. The writing is clear and the narrative doesn’t wait around. It moves at a great pace to keep you interested in the characters and storylines. It’s not a very Holmes and Watson story. Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade are all working different angles and are not always able to work together through circumstances out of their control. If anything the pairing in this tale is a Lestrade and Watson story, which I found fun.
I don’t see why diehard Sherlock Holmes fans would turn their nose up to this book. It is respectful of Conan Doyle, his characters feel true, and it is simply a fun story to read. The book isn’t ‘new’ and was originally published in 2009 by Dynamite. I picked my copy up from my local Forbidden Planet (on a bargain). It was a first edition and also includes the script which is great for anyone interested in that aspect of comic books.