Mr. Holmes Review

  Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 7.30.39 PM   Speaking of bad YA novels and their adaptations, lets talk about how Bill Condon has successfully redeemed himself from the Twilight movies in this beautiful perspective into an alternate version of the world’s greatest detective. Instead of re-telling the story about the grand detective that was Sherlock Holmes, Bill Condon has managed to bring forth a different Holmes onto the screen, a senile, broken Holmes that defies everything we ever knew about the character. If I had to call out a negative in this film it would have to be that it often betrays what I have just mentioned in my previous sentence and during some of the films scenes, Sir Ian McKellan suddenly becomes that Holmes that this film has so effortfully tried to avoid. But, with that said, the rest of this film is delightful, from McKellan’s portrayal of the classic character  too Hatcher’s mostly smart script and  the great conversations that occur between Milo Parker (Roger) and McKellan (Holmes) that somehow manage to cast a smile upon your face they establish their personal rapport. Except, the true beauty of Mr. Holmes lies within the way it portrays the fragility of man and his reaction towards a reputation that has been beset upon him. Mr. Holmes serves as an interesting portrait on the fragility of man and the battle he must confront everyday regarding the exceedingly imaginative reputation that John Watson has tacked and associated with the man. Like in any other story involving Sherlock Holmes, there is a mystery, but in this case, the mystery almost only serves as a backdrop that allows the true story about the conflicted Holmes and his new friend to develop. And with that as your core story, the film also becomes a look into a true friendship and what it is too actually spend time with someone Mr. Holmes. Mr. Holmes is a tale about friendship and the fragility of man, a tale that has been wonderfully transmitted onto screen with great cinematography from Schliessler, great direction from Condon’s part, and great performances all-around, especially from Milo Parker and Sir Ian McKellan who steal each scene they’re in together, Mr. Holmes is a fantastic film and an 82 out of 100 in my book.

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