This article was corrected on March 6, 2003.
Young Sherlock Holmes is another Steven Spielberg film corresponding to those lamps made from driftwood and coffee tables from redwood burl and hatchcovers. It’s not art but they all serve their purpose and sell by the millions.
The formula this time is applied to the question of what might have happened had Sherlock Holmes and John Watson first met as teenage students.
As usual, Spielberg’s team – this time led by director Barry Levinson – isn’t really as interested in the answer as it is in fooling around with the visual effects possibilities conjured by George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic shop.
Nicholas Rowe as Holmes and Alan Cox as Watson maturely carry off their roles, assisted by Sophie Ward as the necessary female accomplice. The adults are just there to fill in the spaces.
1985: Nomination: Best Visual Effects