DATELINE: Elementary, School That is.
We were warned, and now you are warned.
The Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly remake of a comic Conan Doyle couple is not exactly a blue-plate special. It is going for .99 cents on Amazon streaming video. You know that price is rock bottom for rock bottom quality. This is a step down for the Step Brothers.
The film is horrific in terms of anachronisms. There are references to killer bees, protein shakes, and headlines that smell of National Enquirer in the 1950s.
Worse yet are the fake British accents on our traditional heroes, showing that they cherish good acting as much as a paycheck. The actors playing them as children speak with American accents (as do all the kids in London).
Mrs. Hudson is a trollop—and not from the British pages of classic literature.
We almost expected Judi Dench was likely offered the role as Queen Victoria—and that would have set us off on a tangent. Instead, we have Ralph Fiennes acting in a separate movie as Moriarty.
He has no flair for comedy.
Perhaps the most surprising couple in the film are the Road Trip movie stars: Rob Brydon as Lestrade and Steve Coogan as the one-armed tattooist.
We almost wish they had played Holmes and Watson. Of course, this may be the only version in which Lestrade is smarter than Holmes.
The movie moribundly moves from one witless encounter and set-up to another. Killer bees are inexplicably in a glass case at 221b Baker Street, allowing for a madcap moment without suspense.
Another stupid setup is Holmes surprise birthday party thrown by the Queen. Who wrote this drivel? Mindless is the Zeitgeist of the age: and if this is you, you will be in your element.
Yes, it’s elementary. Elementary school.