Mr. Holmes

• TOP NOTCH (my top choices)
• HONORABLE MENTION (well worth watching)
• YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER (I like them but you might not)
• CLASSICS (Great movies up through the 1960s - many don't have any rating)

  Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada   

Summary -  An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes deals with early dementia as he tries to remember both 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.

Cautions - Thematic elements. And, if you are scared of bees...

Commentary - Mr. Holmes, is an elegant film which imagines the sleuth having lived to the ripe old age of 93 where, in 1947, he is dealing with the infirmities of old age, including a failing memory. A series of nesting flashbacks explores a bit of Holmes' recent and further removed history, while a "contemporary" (i.e., 1947) story unfolds detailing Holmes' relationships with his housekeeper and her young son.

The 50 year old case that haunts the legendary detective is the primary focus of the flashback sequences which can be a challenging way to tell a story but director Bill Condon navigates it skillfully. The story unfolds like a lyrical composition but not one with bold staccato beats. Rather it lets each beautiful note take it's proper time, quietly captivating the audience with each measure.

If you enjoy Ian McKellen, then you cannot miss this movie. It is a showcase of why he is one of the greatest actors of all time.


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