Movie Review – Mr. Holmes (2015)
In this latest recreation of Sherlock, Sir Ian McKellen portrays an aging, retired Mr. Holmes, who is focusing on beekeeping at his rural British residence, where his housekeeper Mrs. Munro and her son Roger live. Suffering the effects of memory loss that are becoming more pronounced with aging, Mr. Holmes decides to work with Roger to relive his last case, which led to his retirement because of the unfortunate results, and try to determine exactly what happened. Along the way, he also has to deal with the fact that he may not be able to stay at his home for long, particularly if Mrs. Munro gets her wish and moves to new employment.
This was a great approach to a new Sherlock story, telling the tale of what happens to a much older, perhaps more cynical and jaded Mr. Holmes.
Sir Ian McKellen does a fantastic job portraying this Sherlock, with even the slightest eye movements and hand gestures played to perfection. McKellen is a fabulous Sherlock, and does a wonderful job bringing mystery and intrigue to the role, but also showcasing vulnerability as well, which is key for this story of an older Sherlock Holmes.
Laura Linney plays Mrs. Munro to great effect as well, and Milo Parker plays the young Roger character very nicely, as Sherlock’s advocate, friend, and young confidante, who can’t get enough of Sherlock’s stories, and asks for more details, encouraging Sherlock to pursue a review of his last case.
The storyline is interesting, albeit is sometimes gets confusing as it flips between the present and the prior case which involved Sherlock traveling to Japan and helping a man in Britain determine what his wife is doing when he is not looking. The story is told with great mystery and it does eventually bring us around to some interesting conclusions, but it sometimes moves slowly.
Overall though, this is an interesting and great addition to the Sherlock collection, made all the more enjoyable by the fact Sir Ian McKellen is in the starring role.
Overall: 4 stars out of 5 stars.