Mediocre road to Gnome
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