“Mr. Holmes” (Rated PG) is the story of how the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes tries to solve his last case which has eluded and tormented him for thirty years. He lives in self imposed exile with a housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son (Milo Parker) and his favorite hobby is beekeeping.
As the film begins in 1947, we find Holmes on a train returning from a trip to Japan where he had searched for a herb which may slow his decline due to advancing years. Once home again, Holmes returns to writing about his last case. It still obsesses and troubles him. In this case, a husband (Patrick Kennedy) approaches Holmes because his wife (Hattie Morahan of The Bletchley Circle) has started behaving in an unfathomable manner.
Setting the film in the 1940’s gives director Bill Condon a chance to poke fun at the Holmes movie mystique (Holmes is shown going to a theatre to watch ‘himself’ on the screen).
Condon and McKellen have worked together before — McKellen played real-life horror film director James Whale in “Gods and Monsters”. Their association for this new film promises more of the same magical flavor.
Ian McKellen is simply masterful in this role as an aging Holmes trying to solve one last case which has always perplexed him. Don't miss one last look at the legendary problem solver trying to find an answer which has eluded him for thirty years.
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