The Theater: Sandbox Sleuth

THE ADVENTURE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES' SMARTER BROTHER

Directed and Written by GENE WILDER

One expects something in the Mel Brooks mold—raucous, anarchical, anachronistic—from Gene Wilder's debut as a director. He has, after all, recruited members of the Brooks mob: Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise. Like Brooks' most recent works, Adventure is a broad parody of a hoary popular form, in this case the period detective drama.

Wilder soon forces an adjustment of those expectations—neither up nor down, but definitely sideways. His sensibility is gentler and even more childlike than that of his master....

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