Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Lauren Lapkus, Kelly Macdonald, Rob Brydon, Ralph Fiennes, Pam Ferris
Theater Everywhere December 25
We've been telling jokes about Sherlock Holmes right from the start. The first send-ups of the world's biggest detective did not appear long after Arthur Conan Doyle shared his stories about Holmes and his loyal buddy Dr. John Watson in The Strand Magazine In the early decades of the twentieth century, the comic and humor sections of newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic teemed with pick-locks, shamrocks, herlocks, and shylocks. In all likelihood, "apocryphal," "elemental, my dear Watson," began with a joke; It did not appear in Doyle's stories nor in the original version of the hit stage play in which Holmes first received his Deerstalker hat and calabash whistle. Mark Twain wrote parodies of the Holmes mysteries, as did O. Henry and P.G. Wodehouse The Sherlock joke, like Holmes itself, is one of our older pop culture institutions.
This is particularly true of films in which the depiction of Sherlock Holmes should be superior to those of Jesus Christ and Earl Dracula. In fact, the first Holmes films are parodies that anticipated any official adaptation of the Doyle stories – the best of which have always had a good sense of humor. However, when there are new jokes reporting Holmes, they are nowhere to be found in the abysmal Holmes & Watson, which is possibly the worst feature film ever to be shot on the "Advisory Detective" from Baker Street. The film consists of 89 minutes of inertia and pure, undiluted flopsweat, with a few unusual and unpleasant and painfully unpleasant lead performances by Will Ferrell (as Holmes) and John C. Reilly (as Watson).
Written and staged by Etan Cohen (not to be confused with Ethan Coen under all circumstances), Holmes & Watson introduces the title characters as a few middle-aged middle-aged men – though the similarities with Ferrell and Reilly Collaborate with Adam McKay Step Brothers end there. The two actors fight with objectively terrible English accents and spend their time on screen to make terrible jokes as if they were trapped in the improvisational practice of eternal damnation. Although it's mostly the audience that suffers from it. Even the film's attempts to make humor over a large area – like a lengthy piece in which Holmes constantly bumps into a bucket, or a sequence in which he calculates the trajectory of his curved urine in slow motion, like Sherlock Holmes by Guy Ritchie [19459038-arefearfulandhalf-hearted
The trivial conspiracy finds the detective duo in another fight against joke with "Napoleon of the Crime", James Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes, given only a few lines) – though Holmes believes his archenemy is replaced by one was looking compulsive masturbator. Because Holmes & Watson is the ugliest kind of studio comedy, they also need to learn to be better friends, get in touch with their feelings, and navigate some romantic subplots: Watson's infatuation with Grace Hart (Rebecca Hall ), a "doctor" from Boston; Holmes & # 39; s bewildered attraction for her wild assistant Millie (Lauren Lapkus) sharing his passion for eating raw Vidalia onions.
Somewhere in there is an unusually young and apparently very horny Mrs. Hudson (Kelly Macdonald); a bad musical number that goes on and on; some groaning Trump jokes; a scene in which Watson tries to take a selfie with Queen Victoria; and the necessary cracks about drug use by Holmes. (These date back to at least the mid-1910s and The Mystery Of The Leaping Fish with Douglas Fairbanks as the master batsman resolving cases resolved by an agitator of St. Vitus provoked by the nasal candy when Holmes & Watson stumbled into something that could theoretically make a decent gag – like in a scene where a Watson tries to dictate Dr. Hart a drunken, late-night telegram visit to Diogenes Club, in which he is kicked into a room for idiots – it bothers him with bad timing and slapdash composition. "At least it's in focus," is the lowest form of damned low praise one can give a movie, but Holmes & Watson does not even deserve this award.
You might call it a failure on almost all levels – so if the movie gives the impression that he wanted to succeed. Instead, it is steeped in extreme laziness. It is cheap and cheesy – a bizarrely dated parody of Holmes by Ritchie (19459038) (complete with a sound-like score), poisoned with ripple-absent thematic clues and puerile gags. It's the Sherlock Holmes movie with the red hat "Make England Great Again" and the nursing Watson. It succeeds only in one respect. As Christmas Day, which was not shown by critics in advance, he was able to avoid our list of the worst films of the year 2018. He belongs to the top.