Quickie: Mr Holmes

Mr Holmes posterAn aged, retired Sherlock Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen) looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.

Most iterations of Sherlock Holmes revolve around the great detective using all his cunning and guile to solve a labyrinthine mystery that would outwit most normal folk. Mr Holmes‘ focus, however, is less on the mystery and more on the man himself as he battles old age.

Through flashbacks, the film does involved a mystery of a woman apparently plotting to kill her husband, but this is nothing more than a Maguffin, and it’s Holmes’ struggle to recall these events that is of more interest. Those looking for an intriguing mystery may be a little disappointed, as there’s nothing that’s really going to have you on the edge of your seat, but the snapshot of an older Holmes is intriguing enough in itself.

Sir Ian is simply mesmerising as Holmes. From the way he holds himself and moves around to the way he breathes is so precise. Laura Linney hams it up a little as his housekeeper, but Milo Parker as her son Roger is superb, a real little Sherlock Holmes in the making.

Whilst it may be largely throwaway, Mr Holmes is an intriguing take on the character, and is a look at the loneliness that genius can bring with it as he battles perhaps his greatest foe yet, and one that he will ultimately not defeat – his own mortality.

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12 thoughts on “Quickie: Mr Holmes

  1. Chris, I’m so glad you featured this. I love Ian’s filmography, and I bet he did a wonderful job. So, it may be lacking intrigue, and that’s too bad, but I love character studies and this sounds satisfying. Nice review.

  2. One of the first blogger reviews I’ve read on this and I’m glad it’s from you Chris. I wonder if McKellen might get a BAFTA/Oscar nod?

  3. table9mutant says:

    Nice review – this is one I’ll check out at home at some point. Glad to see a review from you! 🙂

  4. ruth says:

    Hi Chris! I’m curious to check this one out because of Ian in the role. I will rent this for sure.

  5. vinnieh says:

    Nice review, this looks like an excellent movie.

  6. abbiosbiston says:

    I am a big Holmes fan and was planning to catch this but it had such a brief run at my local cinema that I never got a chance. I am hoping it makes its way to Netflix.

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