Sherlock Holmes - The Woman in Green
Now you don't seem very surprised to see me turn up at your doorstep, tonight, Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone). Although I suspect, deep down inside, you would've deduced my sudden arrival sooner or later.
Well. Let's face it. If I unveiled myself too soon, it would have appeared rather obvious who was behind your current murder case. One pertaining to a strange killing spree where a number of victims have had their fingers amputated. Or what about if I showed up sometime thereafter? When you eventually discovered the dead body of Sir George Fenwick (Paul Cavanagh) lying in his own home, possibly connected to your initial investigation.
But then I decided to say to myself, 'Professor Moriarty (Henry Daniell). Don't you think it's about time you made your presence known? Especially since you've gone to all that trouble of orchestrating a devilish trap for Doctor Watson (Nigel Bruce) to fall in to!'.
What? You've got nothing to say, Sherlock? Good. Keep it that way, will you? Or otherwise what next transpires will not go according to plan when I reunite with my sultry accomplice, Lydia Marlowe (Hillary Brooke). As a killer doesn't know what he's doing - hypnotism is something you shouldn't be booing - a sultry accomplice thinks she's got the upper hand - and at the end of the day, never trust a consulting detective who always has everything planned.
Simply put, 'The Woman in Green' is one of those films that managed to keep me at the very edge of my seat because it's got it all. There's a pretty blond lady and Professor Moriarty playing the two main villains. There's Basil and Bruce doing what they always do best in their own charming yet bumbling manner. Plus on top of all that, there's an enveloping story-line that's one half 'hunter verses prey', and one half 'shocking and suspenseful'.
Whilst, in the case of 'shocking and suspenseful' department, well, that would be how this adventure came across for yours truly. Honestly, folks. There were a couple of times throughout this flick I found myself screaming at the screen, warning Sherlock about what Moriarty and Lydia were really up to. 'No. Don't do that. Do this', I yelped. 'Get the f*ck out of there, quick'. I exclaimed. Plus other more 'un-favorable comments' directed towards the opposition.
Furthermore, I also enjoyed those scenes where Basil managed to show a much more personable side to Holmes. This includes that scene where he was at the bar with that policeman having a drink, as well as the debonair way he handled himself in front of his two erudite antagonists.
Oh! Wait up. That reminds me. As I've just mentioned that policeman, I did find it very intriguing with how he kicked off this adventure with his initial voice over narration. From my point of view this felt very grounded somehow. Personal even. Almost as grounded and personal as the reference relating to my favorite Victorian serial killer, 'Jack the Ripper'.
Overall I'd say 'The Woman in Green' was one hell of a marvelous movie. Not only was it well acted, well produced, and well fun to follow. But it also had a very intriguing story-line I want to watch again very-very soon.
THE RATING: A-