Reviews: pint sized garden detective with Sherlock Gnomes
Directed by John Stevenson,
Starring Kelly Asbury, Mary J. Blige, Emily Blunt, Gary Bradbury, Julio Bonet, Michael Caine, Jamie Demetriou, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Johnny Depp
The follow up movie to Gnomeo and Juliet sees the loveable gnomes leaving their big country garden and moving to London, where a much smaller garden awaits them, and the pressure is on as the couple have to face being in charge of this new area. Adding to that a series of Gnome kidnappings have started to take place, and the one charged with their protectiion, in fact in charge of the safety of all London gnomes is Sherlock Gnomes.
I didn’t see Gnomeo and Juliet, I can’t remember why I didn’t it’s just one of those things that happens, either I was sick, away, or you know, I just did not want to see it. Because of my illness of late I’ve missed a lot of films, and on a good day, I make sure that I go to whatever screening that I can. I’m glad that I did. While Sherlock Gnomes isn’t exactly one of the best animations of the year, there is enough in there, along with a great soundtrack, to keep me entertained for the less than ninety minute running time. I honestly think either Elton John was having a rights sale or the creators are huge fans of his music, because it doesn’t take long to notice, the songs are everywhere in this film. Honestly though they are used to good effect.
Sherlock at the start of the film is in another battle with his mortal enemy Moriarty, a pie crust ornament from a company, who wants to destroy all the garden gnomes. Sherlock with his trusty companion Dr. Watson defeats the evil ornament and a bitter rot starts to set in between the two lifelong friends. As garden gnomes across the city of London start to go missing the final place where gnomes are still free is the new garden of Gnomeo and Juliet. The loving couple though are finding the stress of being in charge of the garden is causing major problems to their romantic relationship. While away from the garden they meet up with Sherlock and Watson and are soon embroiled in the fight to find clues that will lead them to find the missing Gnomes.
Got it? That’s the plot here, and for kids that’s about as complex as it should be; for adults we’re going to know what is really going on after just a few minutes. The film is well animated and if you know anything about the Sherlock mythology then you’re probably going to get more out of it than most. Not just the recent TV or Movies either, they go back to the books and short stories, which for me was a nice touch. The voice talent that includes Mary J. Blige, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Johnny Depp, and James McAvoy all give good voice acting.
There are moments that show the inventive nature that you’d normally see in the Wallace and Gromit series of films and the comedy made me chuckle a few times. The downside is that this might be a little too childish for older children, but the younger members of your family will find a lot of colourful animation and jokes to entertain them. There are worse ways to spend ninety minutes of your life, especially if you have some younglings to entertain.
Sherlock Gnomes is a fast and fun animated comedy that from what I’ve heard of from other reviewers is a step up from the first film. For me this is a stand alone film that didn’t need me to see the first film, my knowledge of Sherlock Holmes held my attention. It moves well, cracking, foot tapping soundtrack, and nice animation. If you’re wanting to entertain the younger kids then this is a perfect choice for them.