Review: Sir Ian McKellen shines as Mr Holmes.

Academy Award nominee Ian McKellen takes on the legendary role of Detective Sherlock Holmes, one of the British literature’s most iconic characters in the new dvd and Blu-ray release, MR HOLMES

In 1947, the world famous sleuth has retired to a remote Sussex farmhouse, living in relative anonymity with only his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her young son Roger for company. Cantankerous, demanding and frustrated with the mis-representation of him in Watson’s best-selling novels, he diverts his attention to an unsolved case.  As the mystery deepens, Sherlock tries desperately to recall the events of 30 years ago that ultimately led to his retirement.

 Starring Academy Award nominee Laura Linney (The Savages) as housekeeper Mrs Munro, Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter) and newcomer Milo ParkerMR HOLMES is adapted from Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind and is directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters).

 

With BBC One's Sherlock and Guy Ritchie's latest takes on the Holmes world both surfacing in recent years, Mr Holmes could well have been a risk. Do Sherlock Holmes fans really want to see the whole thing slowed down to Miss Marple pace, when the whole thing has been so stylised and action packed in the last few years?  Well actually, yes. The film takes an inspired look at the sleuth's life. He's old, he's hobbling, he's slow. He's not the quick-witted riddler that fans will love or hate in Cumberbatch's depiction.  And actually, that means that you don't have to be a fan of Holmes to enjoy this. If you like a good Agatha Christie tale then this is for you.  Clues are carefully considered, Holmes takes his time here and it makes for a classy, sentimental watch.

The Version's Verdict: 3/5.   Mr Holmes is out now on dvd and Blu-ray.

The Version