Sir Ian McKellen stars in the mystery drama Mr. Holmes, where a retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life and attempts to remember the unsolved case that ended his career. Incredible cinematography and phenomenal acting make this film above ordinary, but the plot of the film doesn’t warrant a standing ovation.
Mr. Holmes isn’t an action film or a thriller, so there aren’t many surprises, if any, in this film. I’ll be honest, I didn’t walk out of this film feeling satisfied, but that doesn’t mean you won’t like this film. Where Mr. Holmes shines is when it focuses on the fantastic performance of Sir Ian McKellen and when it focuses on the new approach to the Sherlock Holmes character. Here, a retired and aged Holmes is perceived by the public through the eyes of his friend John Watson. Watson has crafted a fictional persona for Holmes, and when Holmes is spotted in public, many are unaware it is him. This really is one of the interesting points about the film, as Holmes now combats that image of himself and struggles with the guilt of the case that put him into an early retirement.
As an older Holmes, McKellen portrays a 60 and 93-year-old version of the iconic detective, which are very different men. As a 60-year-old detective, Holmes seems a bit more lively and accepting cases in the prime of his career, despite the mischaracterizations created by his apprentice. The 93-year-old Holmes, however, displays a sense of guilt and remorse for not being able to remember the case that caused his retirement. He has also witnessed the nuclear devastation of Hiroshima, which shapes part of his character, as well. Part of the character’s development also lies in his interaction with Roger, played by Milo Parker. Their friendship and bond gradually strengthens over the course of the film, and Parker delivers an incredible performance.
If you are unsure as to whether or not you’d like to make the trip to see this film, I would advise you to wait. After seeing for myself, though Sir Ian McKellen is outstanding, I would’ve rather waiting until the release to video, where you can rent the movie for $4.99 on iTunes.
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