Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada
Bill Condon (Director), Jeffrey Hatcher (Screenplay)
Release: Jun. 19th, 2015
Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes
The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and rising detective son. But then he finds himself haunted by an unsolved 50-year old case. Holmes' memory isn't what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.
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It's sprinkled with clever references to canonical Holmes factoids and how McKellen's Holmes regards his famous image with some disdainful amusement (best exemplified by the sequence where he visits a cinema that's playing a film based on his exploits), though that only goes so far in providing any ....
McKellen, looking and sounding more like John Gielgud as the years pass, is a striking combination of power and fragility as Holmes and Linney, an actress accustomed to playing unsympathetic characters, does infuse a likability into the character that is not in the screenplay.