Books and films and a very successful television series, the enigma of the world’s greatest detective once again leaps off the pages and onto the big screen in a new and refreshing take on the master of mystery. Mr. Holmes gives us the story of Sherlock, post Watson, decades after his retirement, residing in the beautiful Welsh countryside. Frustrated with the public’s misconception of him, Holmes gathers his own pen and ink to illustrate his final case and the moments that lead him to his present.Not a hair out of place, Bill Condon‘s directorial adaptation of the novel, “A Slight Trick of the Mind” is pure brilliance. The script is witty, openly poking fun at assumed literary cannon. Mr. Holmes is magically bright and haunting all at once. With a surrounding of everyone’s dreams in London and Wales, how can one go wrong alone visually. The music is a lovely addition and the costumes are exquisite. Sir Ian McKellan is elegant as Sherlock. Unafraid and sharp, his iconic intonation continues to be a gift each time we are presented with him. His screen presence is something to be studied and emulated. A mere glance from this legend invokes 1000 words unspoken. Wonderfully paired with Laura Linney, as his dedicated housekeeper Mrs. Munro, these two are quite a team. Linney’s performance is laden with a desperate sadness that is truly palpable. Quietly frustrated with her stage in life, while attempting to raise a bright, young son, and take care of an aging and brash Sherlock, she is oftentimes unappreciated and incapable to expressing her melancholy to it’s healthy extent. It’s a beautiful performance. New on the scene is Milo Parker as Linney’s son, and McKellan eager young sidekick, Roger. This gorgeous young boy is a bit of a phenom. Parker will be appearing in the upcoming remake of Ghostbusters and Tim Burton‘s highly anticipated adaptation of Ransom Riggs‘ YA novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” (Which, if you have not yet read, get thee to a book store, immediately). His performance as Roger is far beyond cute. It is thoughtful and honest and you cannot help but fall madly in love with this child. This is simply the beginning for him, I have no doubt. If you’re a fan of Holmes, you’ll love this film. If you’re a fan of great acting, you’ll love this film. If you’re a fan of beautifully done period pieces, you’ll love this film. If you’re a fan of splendid movies, you must see Mr. Holmes.
Mr. Holmes comes to theaters today, Friday, July 17th.