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Sherlock Gnomes

Sherlock Gnomes
Voices of: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J. Blige and Johnny Depp

Rated: PG for some rude and suggestive humor.
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Release date: March 23, 2018 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

Sherlock Gnomes was a great romp of a movie, filled with all kinds of hidden Sherlock hints and references that keep you interested and paying attention. It is visual and colorful — it's the story of garden gnomes who set out on a big adventure and run across Sherlock Gnomes and Watson to help solve the mystery.

The storyline follows the great Sherlock Holmes scenario, a brilliant consulting detective out to catch the evil Moriarty by using his superior intellect but at the same time neglecting the ones closest to him. There is a lot of verbal sparring with the characters, Nomeo and Juliet are engaging and charmingly voiced by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt. Honestly, it was fun trying to figure out whose voice for each personality and discovering they were a good match.

This was produced by Elton John and it was filled with modern music and lyrics that sometimes didn't match but all the time added a bit of distraction while you were watching. The stories were along the lines of the real Sherlock stories, we saw the Lucky Cat, we saw Sherlock's quirky methods of detection, we saw some hijinks and gadgets, and we saw the interaction between Sherlock and Watson. Most of it was endearing and most times the problems resolved quickly.

There were some moments meant to be dramatic — the fact that the characters were ceramic and subject to breakage at any time and it was a little corny that the gargoyles and the gnomes had to freeze whenever they were going to be seen by humans but all in all it was fun to watch. There was evildoers and resolution from the good guys, there was family unity and funny characters, after all, aren't all gnomes a little but funny? Worthwhile to see, save it for a rainy day, it's a good way to pass the afternoon.

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