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'Mr. Holmes': EW review

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Giles Keyte

Mr. Holmes

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
103 minutes
Wide Release Date:
07/17/15
performer:
Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker
director:
Bill Condon
genre:
Crime, Drama, Mystery

We gave it a B+

Ian McKellen joins a long list of Sherlocks on screen, but director Bill Condon’s take on the legendary detective finds him at age 93, struggling with his own mortality and trying to recall the case that forced him into retirement. It’s more subtle character study than thrilling adventure, and the mystery subplot lacks the ingenuity of the greatest Holmes stories, but McKellen excels, switching effortlessly between the reclusive beekeeper with a faltering memory and the elegant younger detective at the height of his powers. B+