FILM REVIEW: Excellent portrayal of ageing Holmes

Mr Holmes ANL-150623-143149001
Mr Holmes ANL-150623-143149001
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MR HOLMES (PG), SHOWCASE CINEMAS PETERBOROUGH, OUT NOW

CAST: IAN McKELLEN, LAURA LINNEY, MILO PARKER, HIROYUKI SANADA, COLIN STARKEY, PHILIP DAVIS, FRANCES DE LA TOUR, HATTIE MORAHAN, PATRICK KENNEDY & NICHOLAS ROWE

RUNNING TIME: 1 HR 44 MINS

DIRECTOR: BILL CONDON

The legend that is Sherlock Holmes finally gets a veteran incarnation – after years of the famous detective getting a more youthful presence, WRITES MIKEY CLARKE.

Recent years have seen Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr presenting audiences with a sexy and almost superhero-esque version of the great sleuth – but that’s definitely not the case with Mr Holmes.

Adapted from Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings and X-Men franchises) plays an ageing and fragile Holmes.

Set in 1947, the long-retired Holmes is now living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper (Oscar-nominee Laura Linney) and her rising detective son (Milo Parker).

Struggling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy to help him get his head around an unresolved 50-year-old case that has been haunting him.

He only remembers fragments of the details – which involve an angry husband and a secret bond with his beautiful, but unstable, wife. Will Holmes be able to solve this case before his time on earth comes to an end?

McKellen does a great job playing a vulnerable Holmes. With the actor portraying a character that we all know so convincingly, you’ll be rooting for him during the entirety of the film. Much like you would with anyone you know well, the more the power of his mind weakens, the more heartbroken you’ll feel.

Don’t expect the slick and stylish action sequences we’ve seen with recent television and film adaptations – as this is a slow-burner – but McKellen expertly unravels a version of Holmes that truly does him justice.

Rating: 4/5