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Sherlock Holmes and the Great Escape

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Some violence, peril in animated mystery tale.

Movie NR 2019 84 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Engaging and Well Animated Kids Action Movie

This was a fun Holmes story that adds a little more humanity to the titular detective (ironic since all the characters are now animated animals) as he and Watson match wits with an altruistic thief. What follows is almost entirely kid-appropriate adventure (a gun and an unlikely survival in the last act keeps it from a perfect score) featuring several mysteries, high speed chases, and prison escapes. My family were searching for a "kid-safe" action movie and it fit the bill very well.

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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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