Sherlock Holmes is a complex creation. Continuously in TV and film adaptations, Holmes is shown as living with the ‘consequences’ of the books written by his faithful companion John Watson, mortified by their ‘happily-ever-after’ endings and presumptions, and disconcerted by media portrayals (hello, deerstalker hat).
This new film – directed by Bill Condon – shows Holmes in an entirely new light, unrecognisable from the brilliant detective who has captivated audiences for well over a century. In Mr Holmes, Sherlock is edging towards the end of his life, his brilliant memory dimmed and his inability to fully remember a case he failed to successfully solve years earlier haunting him. Continue reading REVIEW: Mr Holmes, starring Ian McKellen