‘Mr. Holmes’ – FIRST CLIP & POSTER
It seems like you can’t turn on a TV without coming across a contemporary adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books. You have Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ TV series ‘Sherlock‘ starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster movie franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as well as Robert Doherty’s US remake of ‘Sherlock‘ titled ‘Elementary‘ starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. Do we really need more Holmes?
Whether we like it or not, we’re getting more, with Bill Condon (director of ‘Dreamgirls‘, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn‘ and ‘The Fifth Estate‘) directing an adaptation of the 2005 Mitch Cullin novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind” with Sir Ian McKellen starring as a 93 year old Sherlock Holmes whose memory is starting to fail him. As well as the above clip, distributor Miramax Films and FilmNation Entertainment have unveiled the first poster.
‘Mr. Holmes‘ will make its premier at the 65th Berlin Film Festival on February 8th 2015, but an official public release date has not yet been announced. ‘Mr. Holmes‘ follows a long-retired Sherlock Holmes in 1974 haunted by the memory of an unsolved case from over 50 years ago.
While the overall quality of the movie is up in the air at the moment, especially considering director Bill Condon’s filmography over the past few years, I think it’s safe to say that the character of Sherlock Holmes is in incredibly safe hands with Ian McKellen. The 75 year old actor has appeared in over 100 movies and has been on the stage countless times, so you couldn’t ask for better when it comes to an acting veteran. Also, there’s a great make-up job on display ageing the actor by another 18 years.
This clip, despite being very quiet and dialogue-heavy (as to be expected with co-writer Jeffrey Hatcher, who has written 25 plays for the stage including Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde adaptations), you hang onto almost every word McKellen says. And even young Milo Parker acting alongside McKellen seems decent, though the clip is too short for a true impression on the upcoming ‘Robot Overlords‘ child-actor.
The conceit of the plot, being Holmes coming to grips with his own mortality as well as his incomparable brain starting to fail him, is a compelling one indeed. It wouldn’t surprise me if ‘Mr. Holmes‘ was to get a Q3 or Q4 release date to capitalise on Oscar-season if it receives a strong-reception this weekend in Berlin.
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Posted: 7th Feb 15