A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
May inspire kids to learn more about the 19th century and the character of Sherlock Holmes.
Find the truth.
Positive Role Models
Sherlock Holmes tries to do the right thing, but also knows it's important to show kindness and mercy when necessary.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoon violence and fighting. Characters get into fights with punches and kicks, resulting in injury and a tooth knocked out in one scene. Bad guy hits cop with a car door in a high-speed chase. In imagined scene, Sherlock is hit by a train while trying to cross and killed. Surrounded by would-be assailants, Sherlock throws powder in their faces and escapes with Watson out of danger. Young kid wishes he could throw poop at Sherlock after he catches Mack. Character crashes into a tree while skiing. Kidnapping.
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While visiting a group of kids and answering their questions, one kid asks why his poop either sinks to the bottom or floats; this kid later wishes he could throw his poop at Sherlock after he arrests Mack. Bodily function humor involving snot.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sherlock Holmes and the Great Escape is a 2019 adventure in which Sherlock pursues a Robin Hood-esque criminal. Expect some violence, including fist fights resulting in a lost tooth and injury. During a car chase, one of the bad guys hits a cop with his car door. In imagined outcomes, Sherlock crosses train tracks and is struck and killed by an oncoming train. A gun is pointed at the back of the head of one of the characters. When Sherlock and Watson are surrounded by a group of would-be robbers, Sherlock escapes them by throwing powder in their faces. There's a kidnapping. There's some bodily function humor, including a snot bubble expanding and contracting from the nostril of one of the bad guys, and a scene in which Sherlock answers questions from a group of kids, one of whom asks why his poop either floats or sinks. Later, this kid wishes he could throw poop at Sherlock after Sherlock arrests his hero. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a thoroughly enjoyable reimagining of one of the most iconic characters in the mystery genre. Sherlock Holmes and the Great Escape presents plenty of brilliant deduction as Sherlock cracks the case, but the story finds more complexity in its reflections on good versus evil and rich versus poor in 19th century London. Sherlock isn't a conflicted hero like, say, Batman/Bruce Wayne, but he's someone who tries to do the right thing, but finds that sometimes doing the right thing is more than simply following the rules. It's not only a reworking of Sherlock Holmes, but a revisiting of the Robin Hood outlaw myth as well. Either way, it's a terrific movie for young mystery fans.
The animation is quite imaginative throughout. There are moments where the animators play with form and style, creating unexpected moments when there are already plenty of those. The acting and dialogue are also solid from beginning to end. It's a welcome addition not only for those who are familiar with the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, but also for those who are experiencing them for the first time. The plot twists and turns never veer too far away from the central story, and this should prove to be an entertaining and engaging movie for families of tweens.
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