An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes deals with 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 is the second actor to play both Sherlock Holmes and a Marvel character after Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; McKellen played Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto, in the X-Men film franchise. Benedict Cumberbatch, of Sherlock (2010), playing Doctor Strange (2016), would make Cumberbatch the third. Sir Ian McKellen has worked with fellow "Sherlock Holmes" actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Christopher Lee in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. See more »
When Holmes is remembering Watson's departure from Baker Street, 221b and the house opposite are shown and the street itself appears to be a cul-de-sac with a block of apartments at the end. In reality, that particular part of Baker Street contains shops with apartments above, and the street continues across Park Street and into Regent's Park. 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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