Sherlock Gnomes movie review
Can you feel the love tonight? Sir Elton John can. From I’m Still Standing to Saturday Night’s Alright, as the references stack up, this might be the most Elton movie since The Lion King (and we’re including Kingsman: The Golden Circle there, where a cameo turned into a supporting actor role).
One for the younger members of your brood, there’s not much in the script to keep adult minds wandering. It doesn’t help that the most interesting character gets precious little screen time – Moriarty (voiced by Jamie Demetriou) lights up the opening scenes with a manic energy that’s sadly lacking for the rest of the film. In comparison, Johnny Depp plays Sherlock Gnomes, the sworn protector of London’s garden gnomes, as a dry, sombre presence. He’s still infuriatingly smug, with an overblown sense of his own worth, but this is no Benedict Cumberbatch impression.
Frequent trips into Sherlock’s mind – a black and white 2D animated space that makes a nice change from the 3D antics – are welcome interludes. As is a musical number featuring Mary J Blige (which the cynic in us feels is making a clear play for Best Original Song at the 2019 Oscars). Ticking off more London landmarks than an open-topped bus tour also gives the animators plenty to work with, our favourites being the residents of China Town.
It’s just a shame watching returning characters Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) bicker in the background is about as much fun as rubbernecking a couple’s quarrel in Ikea. And much like a trip to Ikea, it’ll be a while before you choose to repeat this experience. Review by Matt Chapman
Release: 11 May 2018
Format: Theatrical Release
Age Rating: U