Mr. Holmes

July 31st, 2015


Mr. Holmes

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An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.7/10 (2,704 voted)

Critic's Score: 63/100

Director: Bill Condon

Stars: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada

The story is actually set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and rising detective son. But then he finds himself haunted by an unsolved 50-year old case. Holmes memory isn't what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

Writers: Mitch Cullin, Arthur Conan Doyle

Ian McKellen - Sherlock Holmes
Laura Linney - Mrs. Munro
Milo Parker - Roger
Hiroyuki Sanada - Tamiki Umezaki
Hattie Morahan - Ann Kelmot
Patrick Kennedy - Thomas Kelmot
Roger Allam - Dr. Barrie
Philip Davis - Inspector Gilbert
Frances de la Tour - Madame Schirmer
Charles Maddox - Oswald
Takako Akashi - Maya Umezaki
Zak Shukor - Masuo Umezaki
John Sessions - Mycroft Holmes
Michael Culkin - Bank Manager
David Foxxe - Chemist

Taglines: After a lifetime of detective work, there's one mystery left to solve: his own.

Country: UK, USA

Language: English, Japanese

Release Date: 17 July 2015

Filming Locations: Sussex, England, UK

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Did You Know?

Director Bill Condon previously directed The Fifth Estate (2013) which starred "Sherlock" actor Benedict Cumberbatch. See more »

The mixer tap for the kitchen sink in the scene where Roger and his mum Mrs. Munro had an argument appeared to be too new / too shiny. It didn't look like something that would be around in 1947. See more »


User Review


Rating: 9/10

When I first heard that Ian McKellen landed the role of Sherlock Holmes in a film about the end of the great detective's life, I knew he would be perfect for the part, and indeed, he was. "Mr. Holmes" (2015), based on a novel by Mitch Cullin called "A Slight Trick of the Mind", is a delightful film, full of humor and sadness as Mr. Holmes revisits his last case, and finds his memory isn't quite what it used to be. He has retired to his cottage by the sea and taken up his well known hobby of beekeeping or apiculture. With him are his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney) and her son, Roger (Milo Parker), a precocious young boy. The on screen dynamic between these three is astonishing. More is conveyed in one glance than could be said in lines of dialog.

The sets were detailed with precision, the scenery was vibrant and gorgeous (except one scene which was perfectly moody and dark), and the cinematography was stunning. The score was perfectly understated and captured the sentiment of the scenes with finesse.

"Mr. Holmes" is a very different kind of Sherlock Holmes story. It is sentimental without being saccharine and I believe it is a fair representation of the greatest detective in fictional history. The movie is set to be released in Great Britain on June 19 and in the U.S. on July 17. I recommend it highly.


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