Holmes and Watson is mystery/comedy movie starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. The promotional material for the movie sounds very interesting: “The Step Brothers are reunited — this time playing the world’s greatest consulting detective and his loyal biographer — as Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star as Holmes & Watson.”
With Will Ferrell and John Reilly–a couple of the funniest guys in film–viewers are going to think that the movie will be good. Their recent movies together were some of the best comedy movies that I had watched, so seeing them in the same movie again is exciting. Unfortunately, these expectations do not pan out.
The movie is supposed to be a comedy but there are only few funny scenes. The movie starts well, with Holmes and Dr. Watson trying to kill a bee that comes into their room. They accidentally hit a bee house and all the bees attacks them. They end up jumping out of the window to run away.
After that first scene the movie turns into a boring, if silly movie. The two go to court and give the evidence to the judge hoping to put the killer in jail but they end up helping him out of jail, accidentally convincing the judge of his innocence. Sure it is backwards, but there are few laughs to be had there. They put on ridiculous British accents but it is grating rather than humorous.
Halfway throughout the movie you will want to leave the theatre and ask for a refund because of the bad acting and the boring scenes and realize that it was a mistake choosing to watch this movie.
The idea of turning a murder investigation into comedy does not work out. The way that they were trying to find the killer and doing their investigations and arresting them didn’t end up very well and in fact it ruined the movie.
The movie got a lot of hate and the fans of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly were very upset because they are very good actors and have amazing movies but this was one of the worst they ever had.
The reviews have not been kind. Rafar Guzman says the film “goes beyond unfunny and into a comedy-cubist zone, where jokes are no longer recognizable and laughter is philosophically impossible.” Joshua Rothkopf asks “If a comedy falls in the forest and nobody laughs, did it even exist?”
It is hard to describe bad comedy. Mark Kermode simply call it said “indescribably bad” and David Fear writes, “It’s so painfully unfunny we’re not sure it can legally be called a comedy.”
Overall I would really recommend you to skip Holmes and Watson. Stay home and watch Step Brothers instead.