Mr Holmes – Film Review

Ian McKellen plays a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes in this poignant and affecting drama

Ian McKellen’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in this film directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) bears little resemblance to Benedict Cumberbatch’s celebrated turn in BBC series Sherlock. Based on Mitch Cullins’ 2005 novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind, Mr Holmes follows the iconic fictional detective, now 93 and living in Dorset with his grumpy housekeeper (Mystic River‘s Laura Linney), as he tries to remember why he retired after solving his final case 30 years earlier. Though Condon deftly unfolds the mystery via flashbacks featuring a younger-looking McKellen, the story is less compelling than the star’s poignant performance as the tormented ageing detective. An unlikely friendship Holmes forms with his housekeeper’s young son (child actor Milo Parker) proves especially affecting.

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