Mr. Holmes


Action / Drama / Mystery

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 87%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 76%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 58016


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Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes
Laura Linney as Mrs. Munro
Nicholas Rowe as Matinee 'Sherlock'
Milo Parker as Roger
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1hr 44 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Prismark10 6 / 10

A Slight Trick of the Mind

Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) is aged up, living in retirement, tending to his bees in the country. He tries to remember his last case from 30 years ago the outcome of which was changed by Dr Watson in his writings. The case concerned a man who consulted Mr Holmes about his wife who miscarried twice. Holmes observes that she wishes to do harm to her husband but later realises that she wishes to kill herself.

Looking after him is his housekeeper, Mrs Munro (Laura Linney) and her young son Roger (Milo Parker.) However the housekeeper is worried about her future where Holmes is getting increasing decrepit and she is looking for another job.

Holmes on a visit to Japan is looking for a substance to rejuvenate his memories where he also meets a man who thinks that Holmes once knew his father.

Sherlock also finds time to see himself on celluloid as his adventures were adapted for the movies, played badly by an actor (Nicholas Rowe, reprising his role three decades after Young Sherlock Holmes.)

This is an elegant film with a buzz about McKellen's performance. However it is a slight film that does wrap up its various plot lines very neatly.

Reviewed by stephenabell 8 / 10

A Retired Sherlock Fights A Failing Mind...

Sherlock Holmes has been retired for thirty years. Upon finally reading Dr John Watson's stories for the first time along with watching a "Talking Picture" depicting his last adventure, Sherlock decides to write the truth about his last case. Dr Watson had always been liberal with the facts, for entertainment's sake. Though, the last case is niggling at Sherlock's deteriorating mind... It must have been very important as it made him turn his back on the profession he loved. Will there be enough time to get it all down on paper before his memory fails completely?

This is a nice "What If?" story. Writer, Mitch Cullen (who wrote the novel) and screenplay writer Jeffrey Hatcher do no disservice to the character Arthur Conan Doyle created. This is still the same Sherlock Holmes of the stories, though older, but maybe not wiser.

Ian McKellen was a perfect choice for this aged character and he gives a brilliant portrayal. Though it's Laura Linney who surprised me the most. For me, she's never been a draw. However, I am pleased to say that as Mrs Munro, Sherlock's housekeeper, she is great. There was a slight moment when we first meet her and her accent slips into across between American and North Country. However, this is only for a few seconds. From there on in her accent is pretty good. Not perfect, though, not bad. One of my favourite scenes in the film is when Mrs Munro is discussing her late husband with her son, Roger (Parker). When Roger asks her if she's good at making up stories, her reply and the look on her face, along with the pregnant pause, really does show a whole range of emotions in just a few scant seconds - very well done. Milo Parker is a very strong actor who had to contend with working with a great cast, which he did seamlessly. The director, Condon, did a great job of not letting the character of Roger steal the show, which could have easily happened.

Condon also does a fantastic job of filming. Using camera shots to add atmosphere and show locations to their best advantage. The part where Sherlock follows Anne Kelmot (Morahan) through London is a perfect example. The scene at the train station where she makes a pay-off is one of my favourites in the film. What with the steam filling the platforms and the shots looking between the moving carriages. It really does set the scene well.

To be honest, I really couldn't find anything wrong with either the story or the film. As I've said before, I am not a fan of flashbacks. Though here they are used to tell Sherlock's last case as he tries to remember it and write it down. Then you have the remembrances of Japan where Sherlock has recently been looking for a remedy to his failing memory. These are expertly told and done in such a way that adds power and depth to the story... not confusion, which is the case with a lot of films. In a lot of movies, flashbacks add a disjointed feeling to the pace and structure. Luckily for the viewer, Condon is a master at weaving them into the story with seemingly effortless ease.

This film is a must-see for all Sherlock fans, Mystery Lovers, Thriller Fans, and Armchair Detectives everywhere. This hasn't made it into my top ten movies, though I have to admit I'll watch it again... I may even consider buying a copy.

Reviewed by david-hurst-235-152631 10 / 10

Why only 6.9 stars?

The IMDb ratings are often useful, but the ratings on this one are way off.

This is a gentle film that shows old world kindness, perfectly drawn character, beautiful photography and a ripping good story. Watch it, and if you do not like it get help.

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