Mr Holmes

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Jul 242015


In Bill Condon’s rather superb Mr Holmes, an elderly Sherlock Holmes (Sir Ian Mckellen) looks back on his life and career, and grapples with an unsolved case that led to his premature retirement thirty years earlier. Mitch Cullin’s novel, an imagination of the famous detective’s retirement – not covered by John Watson in the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collection – has been well adapted for the screen by screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher. It works as a sterling accompaniment to, but quite the departure from, the most recent portrayals by Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr, both portraying the sleuth at his most eccentric. This charming and quietly powerful film moves along at a modest clip, but reveals a deceptive amount of depth as it deftly traverses multiple mysteries over three different time periods, revealed in fragments to the rhythm of the 93-year-old’s imperfect memory.

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