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Sherlock Gnomes

Opening Date
15 Mar 2018
Rating
PG
Runtime
87 mins
Language
English with Chinese subtitles
Genre
Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Director
John Stevenson
Cast
James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine
Synopsis
Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renown detective, Sherlock Gnomes, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments.
Reviews
By Razi  05 Apr 2018
Most of the non-slapstick physical gags didn’t seem to work for children with as much aplomb as one might have hoped given the general neutrality of the overall experience.
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Full Disclosure: I love Sherlock Holmes. Every iteration ever made since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle faithfully introduced the character in the Christmas of 1887. With the exception of this film. But that might be because I’ve grown up too fast to appreciate dull, simplistic storytelling. Your yet-to-rapidly-age children might still have a shot.

Following the commercially successful Shakespeare pastiche that was Gnomeo & Juliet comes this edition featuring, you guessed it you detective - a homage to Sherlock Holmes, set in the world of gnomes and… a pie mascot. Surely for children, none of this is out of the ordinary given their incredible knack for imagination. This is a distinction that unfortunately cannot be given to the creators behind this animated film.

Essentially, viewers are presented with a generic rescue plot that makes rather uninventive references to the story lore of Holmes’ universe. Strengths lie in the visual presentation of a few creative, eye-catching gags that seemed to have the children at this reviewer’s cinema enthralled. But most of the non-slapstick physical gags didn’t seem to work for children with as much aplomb as one might have hoped given the general neutrality of the overall experience.

Among the fairly star-studded cast, one would’ve never expected Johnny Depp to play the great detective (albeit in the form of a garden gnome). But yet, there he is. Rock solid in animated appearance, and only in appearance. Perhaps it is not entirely his fault apart from choosing such a plain film. Lacking the thrills and spills viewers of any age might expect having seen the original (whose wit is not to be found here; perhaps another myself for Sherlock Gnomes), one wonders if a sequel was entirely necessary or even asked for.

Watch only if you have an unhealthy obsession with your favourite stars in the stone-cold guise of garish garden gnomes with as much to offer as their sizes seem to suggest.
 
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