An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes deals with early dementia as he tries to remember both his final case and a mysterious woman whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.
The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and her young son. But then he finds himself haunted by 30-year old case. Holmes memory isn't what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife. Written by
The house that Holmes lives in is on the edge of Winchelsea in Sussex, a medieval walled new town built after old Winchelsea slipped into the sea near Rye. Winchelsea is a walled town about 40 miles from Seven Sisters where the beach scenes are filmed. See more »
The fountain pen with which McKellen's Holmes is writing his memoire is a Parker first made in the early 1980s. Though Parker had a major presence in England from the period of World War I that particular pen did not exist in 1947. The mechanical pencil with which he marks the diary and the dip pen he uses to write the letter to Mr. Umezaki are correct for the time. See more »
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 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.
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