Holmes & Watson is one of those rare instances where a movie is so bad that it is almost fascinating. To see talent that we have personally witnessed make great things come together, throw everything at the wall, discover that the wall is made of Teflon, and then step on a rake on their way out the door is truly a sight to behold for as long as you can stand to behold it.
Believe me, I am not exaggerating when I say that literally nothing about this movie works. The casting of Will Ferrell and John C Reilly is disastrous at best, every single joke in the movie lands with a thud, and even the obvious improvisation by the two otherwise talented actors seems more desperate with every passing second.
I honestly wish that I could pinpoint what went wrong with this movie because I do believe that I could write that down into a book and sell a million copies. If I were to guess oh, somebody somewhere who makes way too much money doing the job that they do, decided that the idea of Will Ferrell playing Sherlock Holmes would be enough of a joke in of itself to support an entire movie. This was, of course, wrong. Not just any kind of wrong, but rather the kind of wrong that takes a college degree to achieve. This is being wrong on a pro-level.
Holmes & Watson desperately and vainly looks for some kind of comedic ledge to dig its fingers into as it falls into the abyss of unfunny. From self-referential humor of today’s age, hip hop music in the background, jokes about taking selfies and hitting old ladies, to portraying Sherlock Holmes as some kind of bumbling fool… None of it works. This is the kind of movie that makes The Room look professional by comparison.
Holmes & Watson is not only the worst movie of 2018, but it could very well be one of the worst comedies of all time and that is saying something considering that I have set through Gone Fishin‘, Scary Movie 5, and Carrot Top’s movie, whatever it was called.
Truly, this rancid turkey will go down in history as one of Hollywood’s biggest blundering misfires. It would only be appropriate if many executives lost their jobs over this.