Three things to like in this.
The first is the obvious breaking of the fourth wall. Rather than be sly like Bruce Willis often was, this is in your face old school in-action narration. It is refreshing. Not so sure it will still work in a third film, though.
The second is simply the fact that Holmes is where the detective began, and the detective film and thence noir. The layers are less noticeable than they could be because of the action comedy, but they are there. We jump around among worlds, real and created, with at least three levels of fiction. We have animated annotation.
And finally we have an actual mystery with multiple initial stories that merge. I was still surprised about the ‘solution’. The downside is that we don’t get to follow in the reasoning of interpretation. Enola jumps up and says ‘it a map’. Sherlock sits down and works out first that is is a game, then that it is based on a dance. I saw the solution dance into place, but the logic just flashed by.
I like these characters less this time around.
Posted in 2022
Ted’s Evaluation — 3 of 3: Worth watching.