Saturday, March 31, 2018

[Review] Sherlock Gnomes

I'm not sure if audiences were truly clamoring for a follow-up to 2011's Gnomeo & Juliet, but you know how this thing goes...

After getting moved to a new backyard, garden gnomes Gnomeo & Juliet (voiced by James McAvoy & Emily Blunt) are named leaders of their new digs. But when their fellow garden gnomes suddenly go missing, they're forced to call upon a renowned detective named, yes -- Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp). From there, they embark on an investigation to track down the missing gnomes.

This film isn't so much appallingly bad as it is aggressively banal. It stiffly runs through the motions of a stock rescue mission template -- you could plug in Trolls or Smurfs and it would essentially be the same exact movie. The script is littered with outdated humor that was never really funny in the first place, and the plot is so by-the-numbers that it frankly becomes boring -- to the point where it's just difficult to care about anything that's transpiring on screen. Even the voice performers sound unenthused here, making this faded-paint sequel a forgotten trinket before it even ends.

Sherlock Gnomes? More like Sherlock Gno-thanks!

( 4/10 )

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