Acute squeal to the original
We last saw these loveable gnomes in 2011’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. Gnomeo and Juliet offer a new twist of ornamental fun on a classic story. This with the original Elton John songs makes it a hit.
Everyone knows the story of Sherlock Homes and this film adapts the original Sherlock Homes story into a daft, charming squeal.
The story gets rolling when Sherlock Gnomes are called to gardens around London to investigate the disappearance of garden gnomes. Gnomeo and Juliet are caught up in the middle of this as their beloved garden is moved from Stratford to London.
This flatly functional sequel finds Gnomeo and Juliet, now married and having successfully united their gardens just in time for the new season.
The new season and the theft of these innocent gnomes attract the beady eye of Baker Street’s finest, voiced here by Johnny Depp as the same old supercilious pseud.
I think though this interpretation of Sherlock Homes has its good traits, the Britishness of the accents and dialogue is focused as the script and story are delivered. An American element is also forced into the story when the film gets a mildly radical touch of an African-American Irene Adler, a moll running a speakeasy for dolls – voiced, in a bid for exportability, by Mary J Blige.
Sherlock’s deductive skills are illustrated in lively, hand-drawn black-and-white sketches. A step by step plot which is easy to follow for younger viewers, but way too predictable for other viewers.
The film is painless watching, with the occasional chuckle, but it is clear that the creative flair and inspiration is running low in this half-hearted sequel to 2011’s Gnomeo and Juliet.