You don't need powerful deduction skills to conclude that there isn't a whole lot of love for Holmes & Watson. The latest reteaming of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly wasn't previewed for critics before its release on Christmas Day, and audiences quickly deduced why there was no press screening, it was terrible.
According to Deadline, Sony tried to offload the film to Netflix in a bid to avoid a box office flop following disastrous test screenings earlier in the year. However, Netflix passed on taking Holmes & Watson off their hands, which is itself the biggest indication that things are changing at Netflix. The streaming giant has previously taken projects studios have lost faith in, the beyond frustrating Cloverfield Paradox, and the sorely underrated Annihilation both sold to Netflix are just two recent high-profile examples. Let's also remember that Netflix made The Ridiculous Six as part of an $80 million deal with Adam Sandler, a deal they happily renewed.
What I'm getting at is Netflix were once only too happy to splash the cash on big-name talent, but they're finally found their line in the sand, and that line is Holmes & Watson. Initially receiving a rare 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Holmes & Watson has risen to a mighty 7%, and those that saw the film have vented their fury on Twitter. I've not seen the movie yet, but as bad as it might be, I have a hard time believing it is (as some have labelled it) the worst movie of all time. I mean, have you seen Norm of the North, that lost money and still managed a direct to DVD sequel. Admittedly that's a poor comparison, but I at least chuckled once at the Holmes & Watson trailer. It was mostly at seeing respected thespian Ralph Fiennes in a Will Ferrell comedy.
Should Ferrell and Reilly team-up again, let's hope they finally find a story worthy of a Step Brothers 2.