The new incarnations of Sherlock Holmes in films and television tend to be the detective in his prime. Portrayed in American film by Robert Downey Jr. and in British television by Benedict Cumberbatch, the classic character remains as entertaining and popular as he was when created in 1887. We still thrill at the powers of logic Holmes possesses as he solves one seemingly impossible case after the other. We are seduced by his roguish charms, his seeming inability to function in a social setting, and his interactions with his companion Watson.
Did any of us stop to think about what would become of Sherlock Holmes as he grew older? Perhaps he begins to lose that sharpness inherent in the character. Perhaps he has to learn to move about in the world without Watson, his anchor in so many ways. That’s the Holmes we see in Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as the aged sleuth.
“Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it’s too late.”- SlashFilm