Holmes & Watson (12A)

People are allegedly walking out of movie theatres because Holmes & Watson is so bad. Two of the Ruthless On Film team went along to see what all the fuss was about.

Holmes & Watson is a humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries featuring the infamous detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal companion Doctor Watson.

But in this version Holmes (Will Ferrell) is a terrible detective, never admitting his failings to the point of setting the guilty free to save face. Watson (John C. Reilly) on the other hand is competely infatuated with the Queen. Mrs. Watson played by Kelly Macdonald is less housekeeper and more lady of the night. It doesn’t produce too many laughs and the gag wears thin very quickly.

After a mysterious murder at Buckingham Palace, Holmes and Watson are called in to save the day. The Queen’s life hangs in the balance as the two idiotic fools fumble their way around the country trying to track down the evil culprit. Could this be the work of Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes), or a new villain all together?

Mid-way through their investigation the team meet Dr. Grace Hart and Millie and temporarily become distracted by love. But after multiple opium-fuelled frolics in the park the two friends get back to the matter at hand.

Can the dim- witted do get their act together in time to save the country, and more importantly, the Queen from a sticky end?

Holmes & Watson is an infantile movie that relies heavily on slapstick comedy and painful gags. But that’s to be expected from comedic partbners Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you would have no doubt seen Step Brothers, Anchorman 2 or Talladega Nights which all utilise the comedic styles of the curled haired duo.

It’s a shame we don’t see more of Fiennes in the movie, as we’ve seen from The Grand Budapest Hotel he can deliver plenty of laughs on cue.

Holmes & Watson is so bad, it’s hilarious. Don’t go along with high expectations and you’ll have a hoot.

By Ruth Walker

★★☆☆☆

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