• Ben Erickson

Holmes & Watson

I love just about everything Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have done together, but that did not stop me from walking out of Holmes & Watson. What a spectacular miss. Every line was either recycled, fell flat, or plain stupid. The music was mercifully far better. Composer/singer-songwriter Mark Mothersbaugh made a good show of trampling cimbalom and strings, obviously imitating the style used by Hans Zimmer for the 2009 Sherlock Holmes. The pantomime featured an entertaining theme ("The New Kid"), a climax of turgid brass and tick-tocking in reference to the climax of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows ("Moriarty's Daughter"), and a rather accomplished string quartet that could pass as a movement by Haydn ("Men's Source Club"). The score also integrated some dubstep as a means to be hip and trendy, though this element was more a reflection of the failing humor of the film. Still, Mothersbaugh's over-the-top use of music was about the one pleasant take away from an otherwise dreadful experience.