Review of Mr. Holmes

mrholmesWow, this is turning out to be a review week for me – first Asp of Ascension and now the movie Mr. Holmes.

I was invited to see a screening of the new movie with The Bootmakers of Toronto (the local Sherlock Holmes group).

Suffice to say we LOVED it. What a great story, and what a fantastic actor at the perfect time in his life to take on such a role.

I won’t fill this space with spoilers because I respect a good mystery too much but I will tell you that the story respects the original canon and still manages to give us a side of Holmes that we don’t often get to see – the emotional side. It’s like in removing Watson (who only shows up from the neck down in walk-bys) Holmes had to fill in that role of both writer and emotional character.

Not surprisingly Sir Ian McKellen handles both with aplomb and the supporting cast add to the screenplay in the best way – not taking away from the mystery or the man, but truly supporting an aging legend.

I give this movie the full five sensible heels:

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N.B.: Also, the movieĀ is set in 1937 which is right in Portia’s wheelhouse – which was also a lovely treat!