We’ve railed against the “Everything Wrong With…” approach before, the smart-alecky process of nitpicking that “rewards approaching movies like a vengeful middle-school teacher, red pen clutched firmly in humorless hand.” But it’s even more fun to turn the nitpickers’ own process against them, as this YouTube video does. (The only credit listed is for “Bob and Rachel.”)
The narrator in “Everything Wrong With ‘Everything Wrong With “Sherlock Holmes”‘” (dig those nested quotation marks) has a particular mad-on for CinemaSins, who, he argues, consistently undermine their own purported concern with accuracy in favor of what he refers to as “jokey-jokes.” At times, it seems, the CinemaSins crew is so busy cracking themselves up with purportedly hilarious observations that they neglect to even pay attention to the movie they’re watching, as when they criticize the unlikelihood of a door being left unlocked when the movie clearly shows Robert Downey, Jr’s Holmes kicking it open — presumably because it is, in fact, locked. Not all of its rebuttals are on such solid ground — director Guy Ritchie may have praised Downey’s British accent in a televised interview with the actor sitting right next to him, but it’s still pretty abysmal — but by the end, it’s racked up 64 sins committed by CinemaSins themselves — nearly half as many in a 14-minute video as CinemaSins attribute to the entirety of “Sherlock Holmes” 128 minutes. Live by the nitpick, die by the nitpick.