Friday, December 28, 2018

Review Holmes & Watson (2018)


#HolmesAndWatson (2018): 4/10

Will Ferrell (‘Anchorman’) and John C. Reilly (‘Wreck-It Ralph’) join forces once more in this Sherlock Holmes comedy adaptation, written and directed by Etan Cohen, who worked with Ferrell on 2015 comedy ‘Get Hard’; the film being based on a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch.

As British film reviewers, we found the jovial accents put on by both Ferrell and Reilly particularly humorous, although it soon wore thin. And that is the main problem with the film as a whole; it’s the same recycled toilet and sex gags, and slapstick humour we have come to expect from poorly written comedies; the only clever moments of the film coming in the form of 21st century innovations being explained and implemented in an early 20th century environment. Even with an array of talent at Cohen’s disposal, including Ralph Fiennes (the ‘Harry Potter’ films), Rebecca Hall (‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’), and Hugh Laurie (‘House’), they can do nothing to save the film. The plot is slow, mundane and lacks any real conviction, it’s just a series of setups for the next upcoming gag.

The film may have worked well as a sketch on ‘Saturday Night Live’, but with so little material of any real guile or originality, Holmes & Watson coughs and splutters its way to an anticlimactic conclusion. Do though look out for one the strangest cameo appearances of 2018, which may lift spirits for a split second.

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