RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 104 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION BILL CONDON SCREENPLAY JEFFREY HATCHER, STARRING IAN McKELLEN, LAURA LINNEY, HIROYUKI SANADA, MILO PARKER, HATTIE MORAHAN MUSIC CARTER BURWELL
Mr. Holmes tells the story of an aged and retired Sherlock Holmes, played by the great Sir Ian McKellen, who spends his retirement days in a small village together with his housekeeper and her son, who is a fan of him and pushes him to finish writing the true story behind a case that seems to haunt Sherlock Holmes to this day.
IAN MC KELLEN
One word, Ian McKellen. What a great performance! He actually plays Sherlock Holmes in 3 stages of his life. One, where he is still in business and working on the case, two, where he travels to Japan just after his retirement to find a cure for his lack of recalling memories, and three, the present stage during his retirement days working on finishing the story of the case.
It’s really fun to watch McKellen’s presence on screen. The way he portrays an old grumpy retired Sherlock Holmes and a much younger inspired Holmes with a lot of energy is seamless.
As said, the story jumps back and forth between three time periods and you have to keep your attention if you don’t want to miss anything important. There is so many little details hidden in every line of dialogue that it actually feels like your are solving a case along with Sherlock Holmes. It is very engaging, but always keeps a light heart at its core.
It’s a very cute movie that often reminds you like you were listening to your grandparents telling intricate stories from their past with a lot of hidden messages and overall wisdom. It’s a lot of fun, even if you just want to watch Ian McKallen act and don’t care about Sherlock Holmes or any detective stories for that matter.
Besides, I like how the movie plays with the notion of the real Sherlock Holmes vs the fictional Sherlock Holmes. It has quite a few things to say about that.
I also want to mention Laura Linney and Milo Parker who play the mom and her son, respectively. They were really good too.
Also, I love the end, which was very unexpected and gave the movie some nice little extra depth.