Let's get to the point, Mr. Holmes is a huge cinema achievement with such ambition and its so good to see Sir Ian McKellen steal the show in his fantastic pitch-perfect portrayal of the world's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes. Sir Ian McKellen played the role so perfectly, to me, he reaches the same level as the greats like Basil Rathbone and Benedict Cumberbatch and he should be getting an Oscar buzz for this brilliant performance. Yes, I really think its that good.The characters also had deep and complex personalities and they were all well developed that you get to care about <more>
them and think about them often throughout the story. There is also a tone of drama, emotion and humour that also really works altogether for the film, the other actors did a great job too and for those reasons, this is one film to buy a ticket for a seat to sit down with your popcorn, drink and snacks and watch with interest.This is a film that will please Sherlock Holmes fans everywhere, as it did me.
'Mr. Holmes' is a delightful film that managed to move me to almost tears, that's a feat worth the price of admission (by arussell23)
When I first heard that they were making a new Sherlock Holmes movie with Ian McKellen playing an older Sherlock, I was instantly hooked. The posters and the trailers made me even more hyped for the film. Then came the problem. I looked up the film and the closest theater that was playing it was approximately 45 minutes away. So, with some convincing, and both myself and my mother's excitement for the film, we left at 9am on opening day to go see the film. So, after all this effort to see this film and all the excitement, was the film as good as we expected it to be?Mr. Holmes follows a <more>
93 year-old Sherlock Holmes as he lives retired in a Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro and her son, Roger. Sherlock is trying to write the truth about his last case before he dies, due to John's embellishment of the facts, but he has trouble remembering how the case ended. With the help of Roger and some small tricks up his sleeve, he will write the truth about his final case and how it ended his career, but also let him know that he has a compassionate side as well.I was so hyped for this movie, because who wouldn't be hyped to see Ian McKellen, the aging god of acting, playing one of the best known characters of all time? Of course, Ian McKellen did amazing as a 93 year-old and a 60 year-old Sherlock Holmes, and he did a great job at portraying the character in two different stages of his life: One when his mind was immaculate, and one where his mind cannot be trusted. Milo Parker as young Roger was brilliant. I wasn't expecting much, given he's a child actor, and those are usually hit- or-miss, but he really nailed the role. Laura Linney, as well, did a fantastic job. I didn't really like her character for the first half of the film, but she redeemed herself by film's end. Hattie Morahan does a wonderful job as the woman that Sherlock is trying to remember about, and her character just does something so beautifully tragic that you can't help but feel somewhat sorry for her and sad at the end of the film. Hiroyuki Sanada plays a man Sherlock visits to get some weeds to help his memory, and also a man who has ties to Sherlock's past. He did a great job as well.The cinematography and locations for shooting in this film are just breathtaking. Several shots of characters down by the beach look gorgeous, and the Sussex farmhouse in which Sherlock has retired looks beautiful at all times. The music in this film, done by Carter Burwell was also really moving. It was particularly light-hearted at times, but also very poignant when it needed to be.The screenplay, written by Jeffrey Hatcher was quite well done. The lines all felt natural, and when at times dialogue needed to be told through exposition and such, it never felt forced like it sometimes does. It felt like a conversation real people could be having. I really liked the story and the mystery aspect of the film as well. It really worked on so many levels and it kept you intrigued and guessing right until the end.I'd also like to mention the make-up used to age Ian McKellen even further for his role as the 93 year-old Sherlock. When he looks as he usually does, McKellen doesn't really look 93 yet. But, when he is done up in the make-up and such, he looks fantastic.Overall, Mr. Holmes is a brilliant film and one that truly deserves to be a part of the Holmes canon. It nearly reduced me to tears by the end, and most movies where they are actually trying to don't end up making me sad at all. Ian McKellen was brilliant as Sherlock Holmes, and so was the rest of the cast. The music, the cinematography, the screenplay, the mystery and the make-up all were amazing and it elevated this film far higher than anybody could have truly expected. If you have one film to see this weekend: See Mr. Holmes, as it is a film that you must see to appreciate.10/10. Grade: A+
The IMDb ratings are often useful, but the ratings on this one are way off.This is a gentle film that shows old world kindness, perfectly drawn character, beautiful photography and a ripping good story. Watch it, and if you do not like it get help.
A beautiful look at Sherlock Holmes' last case. (by jen-lynx)
When I first heard that Ian McKellen landed the role of Sherlock Holmes in a film about the end of the great detective's life, I knew he would be perfect for the part, and indeed, he was. "Mr. Holmes" 2015 , based on a novel by Mitch Cullin called "A Slight Trick of the Mind", is a delightful film, full of humor and sadness as Mr. Holmes revisits his last case, and finds his memory isn't quite what it used to be. He has retired to his cottage by the sea and taken up his well known hobby of beekeeping or apiculture. With him are his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro Laura <more>
Linney and her son, Roger Milo Parker , a precocious young boy. The on screen dynamic between these three is astonishing. More is conveyed in one glance than could be said in lines of dialog.The sets were detailed with precision, the scenery was vibrant and gorgeous except one scene which was perfectly moody and dark , and the cinematography was stunning. The score was perfectly understated and captured the sentiment of the scenes with finesse."Mr. Holmes" is a very different kind of Sherlock Holmes story. It is sentimental without being saccharine and I believe it is a fair representation of the greatest detective in fictional history. The movie is set to be released in Great Britain on June 19 and in the U.S. on July 17. I recommend it highly.
One of the best movies I have seen in a while (by tpilbeam-61921)
No spoilers, I promise The first thing that struck me about this movie was how different it is to other adaptations of Sherlock Holmes. It is very far from Robert Downey Jr's interpretation, which I thought was very good. It is so similar to Conan Doyle's books even with Watson's romanticised twists on things that I would advise fans of the BBC's Sherlock to steer clear, as it is a very different Holmes to the one they love.I would recommend this for a 10+ age group, as anyone younger may not understand the complex messages that are being conveyed - they also might find two <more>
scenes in particular too frightening.Ian McKellen is an outstanding actor, and this performance shows it. He is engaging throughout the entire run time and provides us with some very touching moments that leave us thinking long and hard. The story is very intriguing, and the ending very satisfying, even if it is a little heart-breaking.I conclusion, I suggest you go and see this film if you are a fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Redemption, mystery, and whether memory loss is such a bad thing (by alan-987-151555)
A lot of pathos in this. I give it a 9 of 10. It asks us the question that most of have never thought of asking before...Is loss of memory due to age, always a curse? Or can it be a blessing? This film is also about redemption, with a mystery twist thrown in. We don't all get redemption for our perceived regrets. But its good to see it in the movies. Especially when we all reach that certain age. When we confront who we were and who we are now. And who we hope to be in the future. Ian McKellen is brilliant as usual. Only English actors it seems, get better as they age as fine wine does. <more>
Laura Linney melts into the role, and is unrecognizable as herself. The boy Milo Parker, shows better as a genius kid, better than any kid actor I have ever seen.
What an awesome twist to a classic character. Very low burning to start and gradually boils to a blistering finale. I bet NOBODY sees the twist and if they do they are probably being untruthful. Brilliantly acted by the cast, including young Milo,who should become a regular screen presence Let's hope he doesn't end up in a franchise mess .Beautifully filmed with little or possibly no over the top CGI,this should satisfy any serious movie fan. The use of close-up and panoramic camera work takes us right into the story and each character tells there own story to us. There were moments <more>
when I thought the plot was thinning but during the last 15 minutes all became clear.This movie shows us that any decisions we make can come back to haunt us but also that we may be over guilt-tripping ourselves.Storytelling at it's British best. This could not be made anywhere else in the world.At a time when the cinemas are full of so called "Blockbusters" this is a step to the side and proves that true art can be achieved without a clever computer programme.
The Strange Case of the Last Case of Sherlock Holmes. (by guchrisc)
This BBC film has an aged Sherlock Holmes, in failing health, living in retirement in the country, and trying to remember his last case.Shakespearian thespian and British Knight, Sir Ian McKellen, plays well, and convincingly, the eponymous detective, both in his later years, and in flashbacks to his last case. The veteran actor had to prepare for the role by learning bee-keeping.Mr. Holmes lives with a house-keeper and her son. New Yorker Laura Linney plays the house-keeper, fitting in well with the British thespians, and easily, and believably, conveys the circumstances of her <more>
character's situation as she interacts with both Mr. Holmes and her son.The son is played by Milo Parker. His performance is just so breathtakingly superb that it is difficult to sum this up in words. Truly astonishing! Truly great! Hattie Morahan shows great emotion in her small role, whilst Frances de la Tour's foreigner-role is so brief, but so good! There is a foreign element to the plot, apart from Miss de la Tour that is, that seems superfluous, however it turns out to be a nice sub-plot. The period-detail throughout the film is very good. Sadly, the film is marred by bad lighting and also blurry camera shots as the camera moves. This detracts, and distracts, but not greatly.Despite it's UK rating of PG, this is not a film for children, but rather is more suitable for adults. There are moving and poignant scenes, and the film deals with matters of life and death. It is also necessarily slow, as the subject matter is the great detective in the Autumn of his years. 8/10.
Are our heroes allowed to age? (by russellingreviews)
"Human nature was something logic could not illuminate" - Sherlock Holmes Walking into the cinema... An ageing Sherlock Holmes played by Sir Ian McKellen. No mystery, it is a must see. Art-house* rating: 4 stars Cinematic rating: 4 stars Big question opportunities: 4 stars Summary Based on the Mitch Cullin novel, "A Slight Trick of the Mind", we get a rare glimpse into the life of an ageing legend. Set in post WWII England, Sherlock Holmes Ian McKellen has retired to the country. In the beautiful landscape of Sussex, cares for his beloved bees and is cared for by his <more>
housekeeper Laura Linney and her determined and investigative son, Roger Milo Parker . As Mr. Holmes attempts to rectify Dr. Watson's fictitious portrayal of his life, he wrestles with the challenges of growing old and coming to terms with his final case. Bill Condon Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls and McKellen collaborate on an intriguing mystery that involves retrieving the facts of the past in the fading memory of an old detective. ReviewAt a recent dinner party, I was describing the premise of Mr. Holmes to a friend and I quickly saw the fog of disinterest sweep over his eyes, because it did not include any CGI effects or explosions. Which was unfortunate, because in amongst the cinematic landscape of the season, this film was a breath of fresh air. Director Bill Condon provides a wonderfully crafted story and a beautiful cinematic backdrop to unlikely discussion points. With the overly used character vehicle, Sherlock Holmes, he engages the ageing hero in determining the fine line between fact and fiction and the value of the elderly. These topics may not get the average movie fan out of their seat on a Friday night, but they are woven beautifully in a character driven film of relationships and mystery. A rich and meaningful relational portrait is given his mentorship of young Roger, who is a fledgling sleuth and fellow bee keeper. Also, Condon seems to take joy in dismantling the mythology of the legend, as he demystifies every fictitious devise that Watson has added into the character of Sherlock Holmes. Condon continues to show his ability to provide fresh vision for story and characters. His only directing weakness is the time line continuance. There are three different time lines to consider and they can get a bit muddled, but it does not detract from the overall experience. Ultimately, he is able to effectively portray the past and the present, and allow Ian McKellen develop Holmes into an original and appealing depiction of the master sleuth. Like 2014's Birdman, the audience has to come to terms with the notion of the ageing hero. Are the heroes of folklore and legend allowed to age? Sherlock Holmes cerebral abilities are unsurpassed in modern mythology and to consider him losing his mental faculties is disconcerting at first, but becomes endearing. Holmes' realisation of his own weaknesses and dependence on those around him opens fresh territory for this character and provides a humanity that is difficult to see in most of the portraits of the detective. Mr. Holmes is an entertaining and thought provoking film that provides a oasis in amongst the desert plain of blockbusters and sequels this season. Leaving the cinema...Admitting that seeing this film at the State Theatre during the Sydney Film Festival added to the experience, that did not diminish the value of this film. McKellen was brilliant, Condon is back to his directorial best and it was a refreshing take on a familiar cinematic character. It is elementary, Mr. Holmes is a film worth seeing this year. Reel Dialogue: What are the bigger questions to consider from this film? 1. Is life a mystery? Colossians 2:1-3, 1 Timothy 3:16 2. Why do we have to age? Genesis 3, Ecclesiastes 3. What value are the elderly in our society? Proverbs 16:31, Job 12:12 * What is an Art-house rating? Written by Russell Matthews based on a five star rating system @ Russelling Reviews #russellingreviews #mrholmes