Monday, July 27, 2015
Mr. Holmes (Directed by: Bill Condon; Written by: Mitch Cullin and Jeffrey Hatcher)
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Philip Davis, Frances de la Tour, Takako Akashi, Zak Shukor, John Sessions, Michael Culkin
My thoughts on this film: It is a delightful movie, filled with humour and sadness, as Mr. Holmes revisits his last case and finds that his memory is not quite what it used to be. He has retired to his cottage by the sea and taken up the well-known hobby of beekeeping - or apiculture. Living with him is his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro, and her son, Roger, a precocious young boy. The on-screen dynamic between these three is astonishing.
The sets are detailed with precision, the scenery is gorgeous, and the cinematography is stunning. The score is perfect and captures the sentiment of the scenes with finesse.
This is a very different kind of Sherlock Holmes story. It is sentimental without being over the top and I believe it is a fair representation of the greatest detective in fictional history.
I recommend it highly, but do not expect a 'Robert Downey Jr.' type of action.