Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) the world's most famous detective knows that his time in solving mysterious cases is over. He now stays in an old house tending with his bees with his housekeeper and her son Roger, who is also an aspiring detective. However, he finds himself haunted by a case that forced him to retire, but he can't remember the exact details, so he tries to search for some clues to close it once and for all.
Mr. Holmes is all about Ian McKellen. He is simply fascinating throughout, and we did enjoy his compelling performance. We usually see him in big Blockbuster movies playing iconic characters like Magneto in X-Men and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings. But here he is just a vulnerable detective who tries to reconcile the past while battling to revive his fading memory.
It is not your typical Robert Downey Jr. film that is built in humor and explosive action pieces. It focused more on a series of flashbacks but still keeps the mystery vibe of the fictional detective made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle. Thanks to a wonderful Ian McKellen the film stood out even it is dragging at times.
Overall, Mr. Holmes is exceptional with Ian McKellen leading the charge. It is a great take on an iconic character that is sidelined with sickness acknowledging that heroes also have weaknesses. It is not our usual Sherlock Holmes flick but its a fresh and welcome addition to his already impressive resume.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7.5 out of 10 stars
Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker
Directed by: Bill Condon
Distributed by: Captive Cinema
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