CINEMA REVIEW: Mr Holmes (PG)

Mr Holmes starring Sir Ian McKellen.

Mr Holmes starring Sir Ian McKellen.

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I’d never actually wondered what Sherlock Holmes would be like at retirement age.

The quirky personality, sharp matter-of-fact wit, and amazing skills of deduction are among the things that people love about the famous detective.

But that’s not really what Mr Holmes is about.

The film, starring Ian McKellen, gives us the old, increasingly-senile and long-retired detective, living in anonymity far away from Baker Street with just his housekeeper Mrs Munro (Laura Linney) and her young son Roger (Milo Parker) for company.

Rather than the stories we’re used to, in which Sherlock Holmes takes on a seemingly-impossible case and cracks it wide open, we see him keeping bees and frustratedly trying to recall memories of his life.

Holmes has become quite angry with Dr Watson’s misrepresentations of him in his best-selling novels, and sets out to re-write the story of his final case as it actually happened.

Mr Holmes starring Sir Ian McKellen.

Mr Holmes starring Sir Ian McKellen.

But the detective, in his old age, struggles to recall the details and his frustration was felt twofold from my seat in the cinema.

I didn’t find the plot intriguing or gripping, but rather annoying.

We also see flashbacks of the final case he’s trying to remember, which, for me, felt equally tedious.

I wasn’t gripped by it, I wasn’t dying to know what happened next, but rather found myself looking at my watch trying to figure out how long was left of the film.

I think Ian McKellen is wonderful, but the film just wasn’t for me. It didn’t excite me at all.

My friends said they enjoyed it and found the story exciting and compelling, but I just didn’t.

I think Ian McKellen is wonderful, but the film just wasn’t for me. It didn’t excite me at all.

Mr Holmes is out now. See it at Cineworld Boldon. Click here to book tickets.

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