Director Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes is a beautiful and intelligent film about Sherlock Holmes in his early 90s, slipping into dementia while trying to piece together the memories of his last case…one which has sent him into nearly 30 years of retirement, not only from his cases, but from the world as a whole.
It’s a story about the fault of being too analytical and the fear of opening one’s heart.
Ian McKellan gives a superb performance of Holmes both in his early 60s and his 90s. Laura Linney is excellent as his housekeeper and young Milo Parker is a true find by Casting Director Lucy Bevan as the housekeeper’s son.
Writer Jeffrey Hatcher’s script, based on Mitch Cullin’s book, hits the mark in revealing the inner workings of Holmes’ aging mind and Carter Burwell’s music provides a perfect background to the story. Kudos also go to Cinematographer Tobias A. Schliessler and Production Designer Martin Childs.
I give Mr. Holmes a 4+ out of 5.