Sherlock Gnomes – Film Review by Katie McCann
Director: John Stevenson
Writers: Ben Zazove (screenplay by), Andy Riley (story by) etc.
Stars: Kelly Asbury, Mary J. Blige, Emily Blunt
Sherlock Gnomes is the greatest Garden Gnome detective the world has ever seen. But when his arch nemesis Moriarty begins stealing gnomes all across London the legendary detective must rely on the help of Gomeo and Juliet to help save the day. But can they solve the case in time before all the missing garden ornaments across the city are violently smashed? This is the basic premise of the latest gnome related endeavour from Paramount Pictures and if gnome puns are your thing than you are in for a real treat! If not, then best steer clear because there is little else on offer here.
Following on from the fairly underwhelming Gnomeo and Juliet, Sherlock Gnomes is a sequel that no one really asked for. With a plethora of recognizable voices such as Emily Blunt and Johnny Depp, one would have hopped that the star power attached could bring a real spark to the film. Unfortunately, these actors, who so effortlessly exude charm on camera, bring little to nothing into the world of gnome animation. There is barely any originality in the plot and at times it feels as if even the actors have given up on the story.
Adults who are fans of the original Arthur Conan Doyle books will get a bit of a kick out of the playful nature in which some of Sherlock’s most famous cases are handled (The Hound of the Baskervilles being transported to a deranged pug in a park was my particular favourite). But overall the film lacks any great charm that could appeal to children and adults alike and just feels like a cheap one-line gag that won’t end.
Sherlock Gnomes fails to capture any of the magic of the original Baker Street detective never becoming anything more than a cheap running joke about characters with the word gnome inserted somewhere. At 1 hour 30min it feels overdone and the predictability of the ending is obnoxiously obvious, even for a film that has a dancing gnome in a mankini throughout. Best avoid.