Mr. Holmes

Mr. Holmes

DVD - 2015
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In 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD MR HOL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 105 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
NTSC,rda
widescreen (2.35:1),24 fps,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
4 3/4 in.,rda
Alternative Title: Mister Holmes

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JCLMargaretO Oct 05, 2017

Absolutely loved this movie! The character of Holmes as an aging man, and the difficulties that sometimes accompany that phase of life, is an interesting concept. We don't think of him as older, forgetful, or anything other than at the top of his game. A bit slow in places but well worth the watch.

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surrogate
Aug 13, 2017

Excellent portrayal by Ian McKellen. Recommended viewing for the mature audience; suicide theme could be troubling for young viewers.

Megan_PNW Aug 12, 2017

Ian McKellen stars in what is a very different kind of Sherlock Holmes story. This time the mystery has to be drawn out of Sherlock's aging head and it is feeling not logic that rules in the end. This tale is much quieter and slower than your average Sherlock Holmes story. That means viewers looking for something to tide them over between the edgier and more action packed BBC seasons starring Benedict Cumberbatch will be disappointed.

But this is a charming movie and McKellen plays his role as a conflicted and struggling Sherlock to a T.

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kpelish
Jun 29, 2017

Slow-starting; his remembering is also merged in so that it takes a couple times to understand when he's in present time as opposed to going back to the unsolved case that niggles at him. On one level, this is about a proud, rational detective determined to use his fading powers of logic to win one last time. On another level, it's about a shy man who found it safer to live in his cerebral mindset than take the risk of love/developing his relational skills. Fortunately for him, people enter his life who manage to upset that mindset, in a good way. Ian McKellen is excellent at portraying a 93-year old man who wants to manage his last years gracefully. The actor who plays the little boy, Roger, does a good, sensitive job as they grow into a friendship.

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nw_writer
Jun 10, 2017

Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes? Seems like a perfect match. And McKellen is good as usual, having fun with the role. Unfortunately the movie around him falls short of the mark. Despite some clever additions - keep your eyes peeled for a cameo by Nicholas Rowe, star of 1985's Young Sherlock Holmes - this film is a dull, plodding slog that promises thrilling twists and turns but never delivers them. It's more about the horrors of dementia than anything else. If you're looking for major revelations or new insights into the character, there aren't many. Worth noting: This film is not based on the Conan Doyle stories, but is rather a "reimagining" of the Sherlock Holmes mythology, inspired by a novel written by another author.

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BeausPerson
May 29, 2017

Three stories are intertwined in this tale of Holmes near the end of his life. It may not be the Holmes you know- or maybe it is, and he has learned a few things over the years.

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tenet
May 12, 2017

Rated 10/10. Excellent story and acting by all.

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SandraLH
Mar 21, 2017

I absolutely loved this film. Have been a Sherlock Holmes fan for many years in both books and film portrayed by many different actors, and so this original story depicting an "older" aging Holmes was interesting and gut-wrenching to watch the tragic reality of aging of a great mind. The flashbacks were well-done and made me feel that Holmes still had his powers of deduction. Ian McLellan is perfect in this role and the friendship (and beekeeper-mentoring) with his housekeeper's young son is very heart-warming and made this film worthwhile to watch. Story has a beautiful ending!

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copperscroll
Feb 14, 2017

I love Ian Mckellan but he is soo frail in this adaptation, I keep thinking he's gonna croak right there on the set! I'm not sure if it was the character he was trying to portray or reality of his own frailty. But it kinda distracted me from the plot, which was convoluted to begin with. I enjoy Sherlock Holmes in any format, so I'll give this 3 stars for the concept.

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davidcla
Dec 12, 2016

Simply to watch and to listen to Ian McKellen makes this a very fine movie, and Laura Linney and Milo Parker (who gives a great performance in The Durrells) also give fine performances. Watch this movie to see their interaction and acting, to ponder subtle psychological (not to say metaphysical) truths, and to see beautiful, understated cinematography, mostly in southeast England.
Don't watch this movie if you are interested in a Sherlockean mystery, or want a plot to disentangle, or if you do not want to confront issues of ageing and dying.
One of the best movies I have seen in a long, long time.

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jimg2000
Nov 20, 2015

Roger: You're not going to die.
Holmes: Roger. I'm 93.
Roger: I had a great uncle who lived to be 102.
Holmes: Well, then, that seals my fate. What are the odds that you would know two men who would live that long?
Roger: Well, I didn't actually know him.

Holmes: Ah. The iris. Amazing resilience. Enough light and they will grow
in the most uninhabitable regions, desert, cold, rock. Why do you suppose it is that something as small and insignificant as the iris should be so much stronger than we are? Perhaps they're less affected by what goes on around them.

Ann: And is that enough?
Holmes: It can be. If one is so fortunate as to find a place in the world. And another soul with whom one's loneliness can reside.

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jimg2000
Nov 20, 2015

Roger: If you can't remember, then why couldn't the case have been a success like Dr. Watson wrote it?
Holmes: Because it was my last case. And if I'd brought it to a successful conclusion, I wouldn't have left the profession and spent 35 years here, in this place, away from the world! I chose exile for my punishment, but what was it for? I must have done something terribly wrong...And I've no evidence of what it was. Only pain, guilt... Useless, worthless feelings!

Ann: The dead are not so very far away. They're just...On the other side of the wall. It's us, on this side, who are, all of us so...
Holmes: Alone? I have been alone...All my life. But with the compensations
of the intellect.

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jimg2000
Nov 20, 2015

Due to possibility of spoilers, suggest not to read quotes in general until after watching the film:

Roger: What is Royal Jelly?
Holmes: It's a special secretion of the worker bees. And it's royal because?
Roger: It feeds the queen.
Holmes: Bravo. It was the jelly's curative powers that prompted my monograph, The Value of Royal Jelly with Further Comments on the Potential Health Benefits of Prickly Ash.
Roger: What's that?
Holmes: Prickly Ash, … Well, in Japanese, Hire Sansho is the common word for Zanthoxylum piperitum. It's used to treat various degenerative diseases. Anaemia, circulatory conditions... Arthritis and... Hm. What's it called? Oh. Senility. That was a witticism.

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jimg2000
Nov 20, 2015

Holmes: But surely it can't do me ill.
Doctor: In and of itself, no.
Holmes: You mean there might be side effects?
Doctor: Perhaps.
Holmes: Such as?
Doctor: Hope.

Holmes: … human nature was a mystery that logic alone could not illuminate. I had successfully deduced the facts of her case, but I had failed to grasp their meaning. Never had I felt such an incomprehensible emptiness within myself. Only then did I begin to understand how utterly alone I was in the world.

Holmes: The first thing to know is there's no danger. Bees aren't interested in harming you. Their only concern is self-preservation.
Roger: From people?
Holmes: They're much too clever for people. Their enemies are the weather, disease and predators. The wasp is their particular antagonist. Did you know that one wasp can kill 40 honey bees in under a minute?

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