Bill I’s Rating – 4 out of 5
Wonderful film, beautiful cinematography, incredible acting job by all, especially Ian McKellen as the 93 year old Sherlock, who’s been retired in self-exile in his country house, with just a sullen housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her inquisitive son, Roger. The story unfolds slowly, like a puzzle the pieces are uncovered via flashbacks. There’s fun in seeing the “real life” Holmes deal with his celebrity, and fans expectations of the pipe, the hat, etc. I won’t give away any of the plot, but I highly recommend it.
Bill C’s Rating – 3.5 out of 5
Bill’s review is spot on. I think I rated it a little lower due to the slowness Bill mentions, especially in the middle. I liked the way multiple subplots unfolded – the main case, Holmes friendship with the boy and relationship with the housekeeper, a trip he had just returned from to Japan and his dealing with aging and some of his imperfections.
If you’re in the mood for an arthouse film amid all the action films this is a good choice.