Sherlock Gnomes


Sherlock Gnomes

Directed By: John Stevenson
Starring: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Ozzy Osbourne, Jamie Demetriou, Matt Lucas, Ashley Jensen, Mary J. Blige,
Rated: PG
Grade: B-

Shortly after moving to Central London, Gnomeo and Juliet’s relationship starts to falter under the pressure of becoming their parents’ successors as the head gnomes of the garden. However, after the other gnomes are taken by an unknown entity, they team up with Sherlock Gnomes and Dr. Watson, who are investigating the disappearance as one of several they believe to be work of the evil Moriarty.

Sherlock Gnomes, a follow-up to Gnomeo and Juliet, isn’t quite as charming as its predecessor, but does have some merits of its own. Most of the voice cast from the original movie return for the sequel, with the exception of one or two characters who aren’t given any speaking lines, or who just don’t appear at all. And, where the original was an adaptation of Shakepseare’s Romeo and Juliet, this movie is adapting one of the stories of Sherlock Holmes, likely The Final Problem. The actual storyline is fairly decent, and the writers manage to mesh together characters from two different authors pretty well. That said, this movie will probably appeal more to kids than it will adults, and it’s a good way to introduce them to classic literature without boring them, though adults aren’t likely to be bored to tears while watching it, as with some children’s movies. It’s actually fairly entertaining, even if it does dwell on certain plot points longer than it should.

The movie is computer animated, and very well done. Some of the scenery almost looks real, even with the talking gnomes present.

Sherlock Gnomes is an fairly decent movie. The storyline doesn’t require very much attention, but it doesn’t over simplify, either, which is easy to do with kids movies. If you enjoyed the first movie, you’ll probably enjoy this one, too. It’s a good way to take your mind off of the world for 80 minutes, and you won’t get mad at yourself for paying the rental price, or even buying it if it’s cheap enough.

Sherlock Gnomes is not available to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.

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