Everyone knows who Sherlock Holmes is right??!!! The British dude with the funny hat and pipe hanging out of his mouth sleuthing crimes left and right with very little deductive reasoning. Or at least that is what we have been led to believe.
Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed by 75 actors in 211 films over the decades, but in "Mr. Holmes", we are introduced not to the "image" but to the "man" and his internal struggle to re-write the details of his last case while fighting early onset Alzheimer's. On the verge of giving up, encouragement comes from the most unlikely sources...the son of his housekeeper.
Director Bill Condon is a wiz at creating a spell-binding opening to all of his films and this one is no exception. You know from the first few frames of Ian Mckellen's (Sherlock Holmes) face that this will be a very pleasant ride with many twists and turns, as it should be, after all we are talking about Sherlock Holmes.
Ian Mckellen's weather worn face displays a billion emotions without one word. When he does speak, it is with a whispered volume which draws the audience into hanging on his every word. It is truly a masterful performance to watch.
Laura Linney, as Holmes' housekeeper, Mrs. Munro, is remarkable and holds her own with Mckellen, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen her work. Linney's range as Mrs. Munro is so vast and complex that she makes it look easy, yet she always finds a way to bring a slight bit of humor to the most awkward of situations. Can you tell I am a huge fan?!
Milo Parker is remarkably captivating as Roger. The chemistry between he, McKellen and Linney is quite adorable, yet immensely compelling to watch!
I wouldn't be surprised if all three of these actors get recognized when award season rolls around. Remember you heard it first here at CRC!!
Cinematographer Tobias A. Schliessler beautifully captures the English countryside with such realism, one would swear they were in the UK transported back in time.
Mr. Holmes is an exceptional film with brilliant performances, breathtaking cinematography and much intrigue...as any story about Sherlock Holmes should have.
Based on the Mitch Culln novel, "A Slight Trick of the Mind", Jeffrey Hatcher's adapte screenplay captures the Sherlock Holmes legacy with just the right amount of mystery, humor and mind-boggling moments that it never disappoints.
If you are going to this film thinking you will see the Sir Conan Doyle version...think again. This version will knock your socks off.
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