Not another adaptation of Sherlock?!

Sherlock Gnomes, 5.4/10, is the latest installment from Gnomeo (played by James McAvoy) and Juliet (played by Emily Blunt) and their family of garden Gnomes. The film begins with the family relocating to the big city. However, the excitement is short lived as the garden gnomes fall part of a gnome pandemic in which gnomes are miraculous vanishing from gardens whilst leaving no trace of their removal. There are only two gnomes that can assist Gnomeo and Juliet in locating their family and solving the mystery… That’s none other than the best detective in the city and protector of gnomes: Sherlock Gnomes (played by Johnny Depp) and his slightly less renowned partner, Dr Watson (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor). A game is a foot and there’s a case that desperately needs to be cracked wide open in order to save the lives of the Montague and the Capulets’ garden ornaments. Typically for a sequel, this film struggled to live up to Gnome and Juliet (2011) but don’t let that put you off as it’s still a funny and enjoyable watch. Personally some of the jokes felt repetitive and a few of the better punchlines were captured in the trailer but this is still a credible animated picture. For me, the villain in this film was the star of the show. I understand that’s a weird statement to make however Moriarty (played by Jamie Demetriou) is a character that has been portrayed in various different ways and by a back catalogue of talented actors throughout time. Despite this, Demetriou has put an original spin on the notorious arch enemy of Sherlock. He’s creepy whilst being playful, he’s scary whilst being funny, he’s evil whilst being utterly adorable – all while being the mascot for a pie company. The audience are introduced to not only Gnomes that come to life when nobody’s looking, but teddies, dolls, ornaments and even pepper grinders are all hiding their secret lives humans are unaware of. Sir Elton John perfectly sets the mood throughout the movie by supplying a brilliant soundtrack. He playfully uses songs and their titles to add amusing word play and comical one-liners. This is definitely a movie full of family fun and a great way to entertain the kids. I would go and check this film out and give it a chance even if it’s not your normal cinematic choice.

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