Story by: Tess Barnett, Reviews Editor
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved character Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed by many actors in both movies and a TV series. Until now, all have been at least loosely based off of Sherlock Holmes while he was still an active detective.
Writer Mitch Cullin, however, decided to go in a new direction with his Holmes. “Mr. Holmes,” directed by Bill Condon, tells the story of a senile Sherlock who has retired to the English countryside. As the story unfolds, we discover that he left the detective business after a botched case that he was unable to overcome.
Sherlock Holmes is accompanied on his journey of trying to remember the case by his housekeeper’s young son, Roger, who is played by Milo Parker. Holmes spends his days caring for his apiary and trying to discover ways to regain his memory.
While it is not the most exciting movie I have ever seen, Ian McKellen,also known as Gandalf, does an extraordinary job of playing the dying detective. His interactions with Roger are highly paternal and he incites genuine concern and wonder from the audience.
“Mr. Holmes” is a highly original movie that starred beautiful people in a beautiful area. There is much to be said for the cinematography of the film, which left me longing to return to the beautiful countryside of the British Isles.
Even though it will not be in theaters much longer, “Mr. Holmes” is definitely a movie that all fans of Sherlock Holmes should see.