Even on a weekday evening, Tampines Mall was packed with people and
carparking a real pain. But that is perhaps a sign the economy is picking
up again. We managed to settle down just before Sherlock Holmes began.
The movie was fast-paced and action-packed. But it became a bit too
predictable. Here was a man who could from a few details discern the most
complex patterns, the triumph of science over everything else. Somehow I
was disappointed that the movie version was not like what I had seen on TV
many years ago of a more thoughtful Sherlock Holmes having extended
conversations with Dr Watson, nuggets of insights in between puffs of
smoke from his pipe. Certainly not one skilled in the martial arts.
Perhaps it is like those of us who were familiar with Roger Moore acting as
the Saint or Sean Connery acting as James Bond never being quite satisfied
with subsequent productions even though the newer versions were technically
more sophisticated. Star Trek was an exception.