Can you make a film so bad that you can’t dump it anywhere into theaters? After Holmes & Watson apparently you can.
Simple premise: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly take dated schtick from ten years ago and apply it to Sherlock Holmes (Ferrell) and Doctor Watson (Reilly). They’ve got a murder to stop and shenanigans will ensue.
If this was 2010 then this film would feel like it’d fit in. The sort of idiot man-child comedy that Ferrell rode to the top of the box office was still popular, albeit on the decline, and Ferrell back then could take the sort of material given to him and spin it into something much cleverer than what we’re given.
What we’re given is a slapstick comedy with every gag visible from far away. It’s not funny and more of a chore to get through than anything else. It wasn’t the worst film of 2018 but it certainly was in the team picture.
A handful of EPK pieces, deleted scenes and a number of other things that don’t add much back to the film are included.
presents . Written and Directed by Etan Cohen based on the writings of Arthur Conan Doyle. Starring Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Rebecca Hall. Run Time: 90 minutes. Rated PG-13 . Released on DVD: 4.9.19
Tags: Holmes & Watson, John C. Reilly, Will Ferrell