Billy Summers: ‘Holmes & Watson’ will appeal to Ferrell/Reilly fans
Oh, boy! Another Will Ferrell/John C. Reilly buddy movie!
In case it isn’t evident, I am not a fan of either Ferrell or Reilly, but I do realize they mesh well as a comedy team.
And, the trailer for their newest feature, “Holmes & Watson” looked like a very funny movie (also, I get paid to write about ALL movies, not just the ones that I like).
Writer/Director Eton Cohen (“Get Hard”), brings us a funny, though not hilarious, story about the famous fictional detective and his sidekick. This is a new adventure, not an “origin” story, or a retread of a well-documented case.
The adventure pits Ferrell (“Land of the Lost,” “Anchorman,” “Blades of Glory”) as Sherlock Holmes and Reilly (“The Sisters Brothers,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” “The Aviator”) as Dr. Watson, against their old nemesis, Moriarty, played by Ralph Fiennes (“Schindler’s List,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The English Patient”).
Sadly, the final effort is nowhere nearly as humorous as the preview that I saw, and although there are a few good laughable moments, it is mostly mediocre laughs along the lines of potty humor.
Something that true fans of Ferrell will definitely appreciate. The rest of us, not so much.
The plot involves the Queen of England and is very basic, with not a lot of imagination put into it. Come to think of it, nothing in this movie has much imagination; it is as though someone decided to expand on a “Saturday Night Live” bit, and it got out of hand.
I’m not saying that “anybody could have written a movie this good,” but there are a whole lot of college kids in Writing for the Screen 101 who might just give it a run for the money.
A jewel in the Royal Crown of this movie might just be the short, but sweet appearance of Lauren Lapkus (“Big Bang Theory,” “Dog Days,” “Crashing”) as Millie, the assistant to Dr. Grace Hart, played by Rebecca Hall (“The Town,” “Closed Circuit,” “The Prestige”).
Millie, with a quirky little look, brings more humor in her interpretation of a girl who believes she is a cat, than almost the totality of the rest of this movie.
“Holmes & Watson” have never looked sadder, and it is a shame that a literary treasure must succumb to such a punishment. Something akin to melting down the Crown Jewels to make a diamond encrusted ingot.
(The above paragraph may just be a better premise than this actual movie.)
Summing this all up, if you are a fan of Will Ferrell and/or John C. Reilly, you should see this movie. If you are not, skip it.
Billy Summers is a freelance photographer who also reviews films for the Putnam Herald. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.