Medi­ocre road to Gnome

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Not only is he sad­dled with the cob­bled-to­gether script by five writ­ers, he also has to try to make this cadre of su­per­star-voiced Smurf-like char­ac­ters more than one-di­men­sional, shoe­horn as many tunes by pro­ducer El­ton John into the ac­tion and try to over­come the curse of Depp’s Bri­tish ac­cent (some­thing that has dogged movies from Sweeney Todd to From Hell).

I must ad­mit I strug­gled not to laugh out loud when his chas­tened Sher­lock was forced to mut­ter, ‘‘I must treat my part­ner bet­ter’’, af­ter all the rev­e­la­tions of the past few years.

That aside though, this Flushed Away and Nut Job 2-es­que tale does of­fer spo­radic fun, with plenty of slap­stick and in­ven­tive swear-word substitutions for the kids and nods to Ver­tigo, clas­sic Co­nan Doyle tales, and even the most re­cent it­er­a­tion of Sher­lock, for adults. Solid, but un­spec­tac­u­lar school hol­i­day en­ter­tain­ment.

– James Croot

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