The Cryptic

The Criptic – Separating the Flick from the Flack


Mr HolmesSubmitted by Mark Sabadie
August 11, 2015 3:05 p.m.

Comic book and fantasy fans buzzed when Ian McKellen added his considerable talents to the casts of the X-men and Lord of the Rings franchises, adding legitimacy to their worlds. Gandalf and Magneto are iconic characters, but they don’t require the full range of a Shakespearean actor.  “Mr. Holmes” does, and Sir Ian’s skills are up to the task.

Holmes is charming, foul-tempered, impish, witty, youthful, and aged – all under two hours and all portrayed subtly and exquisitely. He is engaging on a whole different level – tugging equally at heartstrings, brain matter, and funny bones.  Milo Parker, in only his . . . . Continue reading

(Drama, Rated PG for for thematic elements, some disturbing images and incidental smoking)

Mark Sabadee 2Editor’s Note:  After meeting Mark over the 4th of July weekend and hearing about his movie review website and passion for movies, I asked Mark if the Fernandina Observer could post some of his reviews.  Mark is the son of Amelia Island residents Patrick and Susan Sabadie. Many people know Patrick through his volunteer work with the Boys and Girls Club.

According to Mark,  his goal is to “keep them short (mobile-friendly, so you can decide on line which show to see), free of plot summary, and focused mainly on quality of film – from story structure to demographic appropriateness.”

We hope you enjoy.

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Eric (@guest_42555)
7 years ago

Thank you for posting this review, it was very well written. I wonder if Mark would submit his reviews on a regular basis to the Observer?

Mark Sabadie
Mark Sabadie (@guest_43530)
7 years ago
Reply to  Eric

Thank you, Eric!

I write reviews for all new releases in my area. Fernandina Observer prints those they think will best suit their readership.

If you’d like to read more, you can find them on my website,

Thank you again for the kind words.


Dave Lott
Dave Lott (@guest_42631)
7 years ago

Enjoyed the review and its style and certainly will go see the movie as I have been a devoted fan of the world’s greatest consulting detective Sherlock Holmes since a child. Love the BBC Sherlock series with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as well as the CBS Elementary TV show with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.

Mark Sabadie
Mark Sabadie (@guest_43532)
7 years ago
Reply to  Dave Lott

Thanks Dave,

I admit I don’t have the experience with Sherlock Holmes that you do. I would be interested to hear your reaction to the film.

RaffaelaMarie Fenn
RaffaelaMarie Fenn (@guest_42739)
7 years ago

Great review, Mark!
Engaging, helpful and beautifully written.
Hope Fernandina Observer will run regularly.

Mark Sabadie
Mark Sabadie (@guest_43531)
7 years ago

Thank you, Marie! I enjoy writing them!

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