1985's Young Sherlock Holmes, apparently also bearing the better title Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear, is a disappointment. Full of charming young actors and some curious and eccentric looking older actors this is a story that never achieves full boil. But there are some things to like.
This movie is clearly of its era, and the classic Sherlock Holmes environment is bonded with more over-the-top action adventure. That's understandable but regrettable as there is very little mystery here. And for a Holmes story that's deadly. From the very beginning of the movie, little is held back from the audience, and any moviegoer of any experience will spot the villains almost immediately. Arguably this was intended for a younger crowd and so it's perhaps unfair to judge it too harshly along these lines, but it weakens the effort in my mind.
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This movie imagines itself to be a "secret origin" of sorts for Sherlock Holmes and we see him acquire some of the aspects of his famous figure, among them a deerstalker cap, a Calabash pipe, and an Inverness cape.
And we learn why Holmes holds women at such distance, but it's all a bit much to explain so little. There is a neat coda ending (watch the credits for sure) which gives another clue, but it's too little to late to save this misadventure.