Review: Ian McKellen Brings his Immense Talent to Mr Holmes

I had the honor of hosting the talkback for this movie here in Boulder. Here’s my review of it.

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Written by Prof. Jenn

Mr. Holmeshas been touted as being one of the very best Sherlock Holmes films of all time, and it’s easy to see why. The filmis a poignant study of character, and as such takes us on a fascinating journey into a character we all know well already (or at least we think we do).

Ian McKellen’s acting chops are inarguably without reproach, and his immense talent shows here, as he portrays Sherlock Holmes at three different advanced ages, and the subtleties and intricacies of complex emotions during each age. The film’s “present day” takes place at Holmes’ famous retirement cottage, complete with beehives, as 92-year-old Holmes cultivates a friendship with his housekeeper’s son and battles his own loss of memory. There’s a mystery from his past, that he’s sure didn’t end the way Dr. Watson had written it; problem is, he can’t remember the…

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