Mr Holmes

Mr Holmes

Bill Condon (2015)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This mystery from director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) takes a sympathetic look at the agonies of old age, as it finds one of the great fictional minds failing. Based on Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind and set in 1947, it imagines Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) as a frail 93-year-old retiree and enthusiastic beekeeper living with his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son (Milo Parker). Haunted by scattershot memories, Holmes pieces together the fragments of his final case, in a story told partly in flashbacks. McKellen's face is as compelling as any narrative and, assisted by Tobias A Schliessler's sensitive cinematography accentuating every line, he subtly communicates Holmes's complex psychology through a range of scowls, sneers and scoffs. The lively Parker makes for a delightful companion and although Linney's wobbly accent distracts, she delivers dramatic conviction aplenty. Mr Holmes resists the sensational reveals of traditional murder mysteries, opting for more moving conclusions. The ponderous pace will prove testing to some but this is a film that builds in power almost imperceptibly as it works its way deep under the skin.


An elderly Sherlock Holmes retires to a seaside farmhouse in the aftermath of the Second World War, and struggles to cope with his diminished faculties. Assisted by his housekeeper's inquisitive son, he tries to piece together the events of the one case that he failed to solve. Period mystery based on Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney and Milo Parker.

Cast & Crew

Sherlock Holmes Ian McKellen
Mrs Munro Laura Linney
Roger Milo Parker
Dr Barrie Roger Allam
Madame Schirmer Frances de la Tour
Ann Kelmot Hattie Morahan
Inspector Gilbert Philip Davis
Thomas Kelmot Patrick Kennedy
Mycroft Holmes John Sessions
Matinee "Madame Schirmer" Frances Barber
Matinee "Sherlock" Nicholas Rowe
Dr John Watson Colin Starkey
Director Bill Condon
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Other Information

Language: English / JapaneseColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Jun 2015