Mr. Holmes

From the desk of The Movie Snob.

Mr. Holmes  (B+).  This movie features an Oscar-bait performance by Ian McKellan (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) as none other than Sherlock Holmes himself.  But this Holmes is 93 years old and has long since retired from his work as a P.I.  Now he tends bees in a seaside village, looked after by a widowed housekeeper (Laura Linney, The Nanny Diaries) and her son Roger (Milo Parker, Robot Overlords).  There’s not a whole lot of plot, but mainly Holmes struggles with his failing memory and tries to recall the details of his last case—the one that spurred him to retire some 30 years earlier, even though he was still in full possession of his faculties.  It is a good little movie, anchored by McKellan’s performance, solidly supported by Linney’s and Parker’s.  I say check it out.

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4 comments on “Mr. Holmes

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  2. […] for 2 hours and 45 minutes has something going on.  Among 2015 releases, I will single out Mr. Holmes, with its excellent performance by Ian “Gandalf” McKellan, and Bridge of Spies, for keeping me […]

  3. […] of screen time. One of my favorite characters, Iorek Byrnison—a bear (voice of Ian McKellen, Mr. Holmes)—was probably what made it worth the price of admission to see the film. With reservations, I […]

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