Mr Holmes is a mystery film directed by Bill Condon, based on Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind. The plot centres around an aging Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen), as he struggles with his memory whilst trying to remember the real outcome of an old case.
This film was bleak. I don’t watch to Holmes like this old and at the end of his life, where his inactions lead to more harm than good, multiple times in this film I felt depression creeping into my mind and by the end I was truly saddened. I think ultimately this was not what I was expecting it to be, I thought it was a mystery film as it has been categorised, but it is not, more aptly it is a drama film.
Another thing that bothered me about this film was the timeline, I understand the jumping around and the unannounced flash backs and asides were probably a deliberate choice to mimic Holmes’ decaying mind, yet I still found them off putting and confusing.
Overall, a believe this film is mismarketed and miscategorised, as such if you, like I did, go in expecting a mystery film then you will be sorely disappointed.
McKellen is trying
It manages to nail the emotional beats and makes you feel
It is not a mystery film by any means
It is depressing
The timeline jumping and the constant swapping between storylines is jarring and confusing
Reviewed by Luke