An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes deals with early dementia, as he tries to remember 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 a thirty-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, and a secret bond with his beautiful, but unstable wife.
Sir Ian McKellen has worked with his close friend Sir Derek Jacobi on such shows as Vicious (2013). Jacobi has narrated many of the Sherlock Holmes audio books. Due to the fact that the novels are told from the perspective of Dr. John Watson, it is fair to say that Sir Derek Jacobi has played Dr. John Watson. See more »
During the scene in which Roger has brought Holmes magnifying glass to Holmes room, Holmes throws it to the floor and Mrs. Munro enters and picks it up, Holmes hair is alternately combed or disheveled from one shot to the next. See more »
Ian McKellen plays Sherlock Holmes as a 60 yo and a 93 yo. Both are excellent as without layers of makeup he gets the physicality of both roles perfect.
This movie is all about Ian McKellen and his acting ability... and it is a masterclass. Laura Linney is fine in this very small cast, though I question whether she was right for the role. Too upright and groomed for a middle aged war widow. Not her fault, but she was meant to be the foil for the son who is bright and full of potential and she is offering to bring him to Portsmouth to follow in her footsteps.
Beautifully shot, lots of external shots and small cast show off the small budget But the acting is superb. Definitely bound to be a favourite in the boutique cinema.
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