Mr. Holmes Friday, 10 April 2020

Mr. Holmes

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes.

  • The pitch:

    The sting of ageing.

  • Starring:

    Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Philip Davis, Frances de la Tour

  • Directed by:

    Bill Condon

  • Running time:

    104 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide. Soldiers with rifles. References to the Great War. A man falls out of bed. Object thrown, smashed; burning hive. Break-and-entre, forgery. The Blitz, father's plane shot down during war, wasps killing bees mentioned. Poison purchased. Kitchen fire, explosive fire (dream). Blood/gore: Bloody cuts on arm, blood on clothing. Burns/acid scars. Dead insects. A boy pulls a bee sting out of his knee. 7863 bee stings mentioned. A man collapses. Swelling, welts, allergic reaction. Hypodermic needle seen.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Boy in swimwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits). Smoking. Adrenaline, cigar, pipe-smoking mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Insensitive remarks. Joke about religion. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES:

    Sherlock Holmes, mystery, detectives, ageing, mortality, memoir, suicide, war, miscarriage, grief, allergies, bee-keeping, royal jelly, botany, memory loss, loneliness, estrangement.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Hiroshima setting. Dead mothers, father, brother mentioned. Miscarriages. Bees, taxidermy. Palm reading. Witchcraft mentioned. Based on A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Intimate, elegiac, character-based, graceful, poignant, pleasing, ruminative, touching, intriguing, delightful. Superb/impeccable/nuanced/wily performance from Ian McKellen, beautifully understated performance from Laura Linney, elegant film-making, gently radical, leisurely storytelling, fine/sharp period detailing, rich locations, seamless editing, pretty/pensive/richly orchestrated score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Slow, slight. Shuffling pace, safe script, over-extended flashbacks.

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