holmes and watson

DIRECTOR: etan cohen (get hard)
STARRING: will ferrell, john c. Reilly, rebecca hall, and lauren lapkus

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★

Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson join forces to investigate a murder at Buckingham Palace. They soon learn that they have only four days to solve the case, or the queen will become the next victim.

I'll be straight with you. I'm a Will Ferrell fan through and through and have loved nearly every film he's ever starred in. I was really looking forward to Holmes and Watson but unfortunately I couldn't have been more disappointed.  

Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson join forces to investigate a mysterious murder at Buckingham Palace. It seems like an open-and-shut case as all signs point to Professor James Moriarty, the criminal mastermind and longtime nemesis of the crime-solving duo. When new twists and clues begin to emerge, the world's greatest sleuth and his trusted assistant must now use their legendary wits and ingenious methods to catch the killer before the queen becomes the next victim.

We'll begin with the story. Narratively its all over the place making it not a very cohesive view. Things left unexplained, Sherlock being both brilliant and quite stupid, and a very simple mystery that is so easy to unravel. 

And unfortunately I can not only count on one hand how many times I laughed but how many times the audience of about twenty laughed too. This review is coming to you from a guy who brought a Ron Burgundy action figure for his wife for Christmas (Anchorman is one of her favourite films) and who laughed more at the phrases the action figure spats out than at Holmes and Watson

From one of Will Ferrell's biggest fans Holmes and Watson is a bit of a disappointment with very few laughs to go around. 

★★

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Holmes and Watson is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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