Ian McKellen is outstanding in ‘Mr Holmes’, a wonderful new take on the life of the world’s greatest consulting detective

Mr Holmes 02Mr  Holmes, puts a remarkable new twist on the world’s most famous detective. Set in 1947, an ageing Sherlock Holmes grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind and comes to rely upon his housekeeper and her young son, as he revisits the unsolved case that forced him into retirement – before it’s too late.

In 1947, the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, aged 93, played magnificently by Ian McKellen, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro, and her young son, Roger. Holmes is unhappy about his ex-partner Watson’s published version of his last case, which involved a young married woman who was distraught after two failed pregnancies. Holmes hopes to write his own account, but due to the deterioration of his memory struggles to remember what happened. Mr Holmes official website.

Mr Holmes was directed by Bill Condon, who in 1998 debuted as a screenwriter with Gods and Monsters, which won him his first Academy Award. He was also nominated for writing Chicago in 2003. In 2006, he won a Golden Globe for his film Dreamgirls.

The film is based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin and was adapted for the screen by writer Jeffrey Hatcher.

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Additional cast includes Hattie Morahan (The Golden Compass, The Bank Job), Patrick Kennedy (War Horse, Atonement), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin), Roger Allam (Tamara Drewe, The Book Thief), Philip Davis (Vera Drake, Notes on a Scandal), Frances de la Tour (The History Boys, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and Milo Parker (Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails), who plays Roger, the housekeeper’s son.