Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Four Reasons You Should See Sherlock Gnomes





Sherlock Gnomes

If you follow us on social media you would have seen that we had a lot of fun last Saturday morning! We were lucky enough to be invited to a screening of Sherlock Gnomes by our friends the Ed Huck Team. It was such a cute movie that we wanted to give you four reasons to head to the theater and see it yourself!  Rest assured this is a brief review with no spoilers and I can assure you no gnomes were smashed in its creation.



A Predictable But Entertaining Plot

Ok so Sherlock Gnomes is probably not going to be high on anyone's ballot come awards season, but that doesn't mean you should write it off. The plot is pretty simple. Sherlock Gnomes, the detective and self proclaimed sworn protector of all garden gnomes in London, is helped by his sidekick Gnome Watson and Gnomeo and Juliet as they try to solve the disappearance of the missing garden gnomes in London. Sherlock takes on his arch nemesis Moriarty and learns a few lesson about friendship along the way.

Sherlock Gnomes is a follow up to the movie Gnomeo and Juliet. And while our family seems to catch every animated movie under the sun, we hadn't seen it, so I was a little concerned we would be lost. There were no worries needed. While there were brief references, nothing was lost. In fact we are probably going to add a copy of Gnomeo and Juliet to our next Amazon order :)

Sherlock Gnomes follows a pretty predictable plot. There are a few tricks and turns along the way. Nothing that will shock and awe adults, but will entertain the family none the less.



The Cast of Characters

Sherlock Gnomes is full of recognized and loved voices. With James McAvoy as Gnomeo, Emily Blunt as Juliet, Johnny Depp as Sherlock Gnomes, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Gnome Watson and Mary J. Blige as Irene, Sherlock's ex-girlfriend, there is a full line-up of talent. There is even a brief appearance by Ozzy Osbourne as Fawn, a garden deer.

I have to say I love Johnny Depp so that is pretty much enough for me. But I have to admit Mary J. Blige really stole the show. She did a pretty amazing job as animated characters go. I genuinely enjoyed her performance.

A Lesson in Friendship

I love taking the kids to the movies for many reasons. I'm not going to lie, as a homeschooling mom, one of the biggest reason is the possibility of someone or thing other than me entertaining them for a hour and a half. Sometimes a mom just needs to sit down and take a break and not feel guilty about it. The movies is a way to make everyone happy. It is an added bonus if the movie is not only entertaining but also teaches a lesson. Sherlock Gnomes does just that.

I am always stressing to my kids the need to be kind, respectful and not take your family and friends for granted. Some may not agree with me, but I teach my kids that you may not be friends with everyone, but you need to be respectful to others. You need to treat people the way you would want to be treated. And when you find great friends, you should make sure they know you always have their back. Sherlock Gnomes does a great job at showing what to do or not do to be a good friend in terms kids will understand.

Fun for Everyone

In a day where we are inundated with less than appropriate content for young kids, Sherlock Gnomes does a pretty good job at staying family friendly. There weren't any parts that I questioned whether my children should be seeing this. As a mom of two boys, one of which is approaching the tween years (ugh!), I have really began to think about what they are being exposed to and what questions will come from it. I also stress an open line of communication with them, but I must admit I like it better when we can just sit down and watch a movie and not think about needing a question and answer session after.

Sherlock Gnomes was filled with whitty little jokes and one liners like: "No ship, Sherlock" or "Forgive me, but I've never been in the back end of a squirrel before." The jokes were for the most part cute and simple. The kids loved them. My youngest is on the Spectrum so sometimes he has difficulty getting complex comedy. No issues here. I have to admit I also caught myself and Steve laughing at quite a few of them.

Final Thoughts

So if your looking for a little family fun you might want to head to the movies and see Sherlock Gnomes. With many families on Spring Break this week or next, this would be a great time to go. If you're heading to the movie or have already seen it, you might want to take a peek at the Sherlock Gnomes official website. I was surprised at the fun little games and activities available there.

Have you seen the movie? Make sure you leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought of it!

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15 comments :

  1. We really enjoyed Gnomeo & Juliet, so we're looking forward to seeing this family fun movie! We haven't seen it yet, but hope to soon!

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    1. We can hardly wait to pick up a copy of Gnomeo and Juliet. Can’t believe we never saw it! Stop back and let us know what you think of Sherlock Gnomes after you see it. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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  2. Cute! Even though we don’t have kids, we often enjoy animated films. Will have to watch this one.

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    1. I know I’ve always loved animated movies. I was excited when my kids finally got old enough to take them to the movies so I had an excuse to see more :)

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  3. My kiddos have never seen either movie. Thanks for the review (without spoiling the movie!) May have to try and watch over spring break!

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    1. It’s a great rainy day activity. We are on Spring Break this week and so far we have had only one day without rain. It’s definitely been a wash out!

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  4. Sounds cute! I love animated films. My daughter is only 6-months-old but I use her as an excuse anyway. Haha. :)

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    1. Believe it or not I think I took my youngest to his first movie in the theater at around 6 months. I started both of them young. They can’t get enough of the movie theater. We spend way too much time (and money) there 😀

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  5. Looks fun! We are just getting into movies with my toddler. Looks like a fun one to check out!

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    1. Yes it is really cute. Even if you don’t want to take your toddler to the theater, it would be a great one to pick up on Blu-ray/DVD or digital when it comes out.

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  6. My daughter is so excited to see Sherlock Gnomes! Glad to hear it a worthwhile watch :)

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    1. I must admit I wasn’t too excited when my kids wanted to see it. I was surprised how cute it was. Hope you guys love it!

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  7. Good article. By the way, Irean wasn't really Sherlock Gnomes' girlfriend. Not exactly, anyway... She was a reference to Agatha from the Sherlock Holmes stories which was somebody that homes have gotten engaged to just so that he could get information on a blackmailer, Milverton.
    Holmes was never really romantically interested in her. He intentionally chose her with somebody else who did care about her and there to take his place when he left her.Good article. By the way, Irean wasn't exactly Sherlock Gnomes' girlfriend ... She was a reference to Agatha from the Sherlock Holmes stories which was somebody that homes have gotten engaged to just so that he could get information on a blackmailer, Milverton.
    Holmes was never really romantically interested in her. He intentionally chose her with somebody else who did care about her and there to take his place when he left her.

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    1. Guess you can see that I’m not much of a Sherlock Homes fan 😂 Thanks for the info!

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