Mr. Holmes

Mr. Holmes

DVD - 2015
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In 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, 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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD MR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,5.1 Dolby Digital
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ArapahoeRead Aug 18, 2017

This is a cool new look at Sherlock Holmes. Ian McKellen plays an elderly version of the detective who has retired, but is still haunted by his last case.


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voisjoe1_0
Jan 08, 2020

After a zillion attempts to utilize the Sherlock Holmes franchise, one would think it is near impossible to have a fresh new look. The producers have done it here! In this film, Sherlock is an actual detective whose exploits were written by Watson. Watson got one story very, very wrong and in old age, Sherlock tries to rewrite it, but can't remember or face the truth. (here enter Jack Nicholson - "You can't face the truth!!!"

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21269002676191
Jun 03, 2019

1860 Colt: "...a woman committing suicide, a common occurrence, causes him to retire." I ask you, why not??

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whataread
May 19, 2019

I have a penchant for depressing stories, because I like truth and honesty, to see the development of human errors, regrets, and losses. Of course, I enjoy the upbeat and the action, but with truth, it has to be slower to tell. This story is a little slow but it is rewarding. Character development tells of three different generations, beginning, middle and end. How they come together but almost don't. It is a story of transformation of the one allows for transformation of them all. Linney is very good, as always. The boy is a delightful to watch. The old man is excellent. And not too old to grow some more. Really good story about love.

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kclsgoddess
Apr 22, 2019

I really liked this film. Sherlock Holmes as an aging man getting more connected to his feelings. For those who prefer action & violence give it a miss. For those who want a film with emotional depth, you’ll probably like it. I loved the friendship between Roger & Sherlock. It was very much like a grandfather & grandson relationship. Very touching!

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1860Colt
Jan 31, 2019

What the &$^% did I just watch? There is no mystery, other than what is killing the wasps. yea. This was built up as the ultimate Sherlock Holmes adventure ever: the one that broke him, the one that sent him into retirement because it was too much. What was that mystery? A lonely woman plans to commit suicide and frame her husband for her murder. Holmes persuaded her not to, but she did it anyway. Holmes can't take the emotional repercussions so he retires. This is the guy who doesn't care about people's emotions, goes out of his way to annoy others sometimes, the guy who fought Moriarty, the Hound of the Baskervilles, and Colonel Moran, and uses super awesome kung-fu moves sometimes. And yet a woman committing suicide, a common occurrence, causes him to retire? I think Toby Maguire's reason for giving up Spiderman was stronger. If you want a great Sherlock Holmes mystery, "Move along".

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Dragoslava
Jan 28, 2019

This movie starts off slowly and is almost depressing at the beginning, but if you are patient and continue watching you'll discover a beautiful movie with characters that are transformed. Excellent acting by Ian McKellen (as always) and Milo Parker.

While well made and well-acted, it was rather depressing to watch. Intentionally so, but still difficult to get through.

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LibraryUser53
Apr 12, 2018

I quite liked this movie. Definitely should be considered for dedicated Sherlock Holmes fans, especially those appreciating the original Conan-Doyle stories. The acting is well-done, and I enjoyed the screenwriter's imagining an older Holmes. On the downside, the non-linear presentation makes following the plot a bit of a challenge, with many flashbacks in both time and location. It's all a little over-done and unnecessarily confusing imo. And Holmes fans who prefer the modern Cumberbatch Holmes (BBC) and Robert Downy Jr's theatrical Holmes may find the story of an elderly Holmes a little slow going. In the plot Holmes is 93, having retired and living at his beach cottage in the Dover the past 30 years, and enjoying his hobbies of bee-keeping and gardening. Senile dementia has been setting in over the years, and he realizes it. The royal jelly -- a product from his bee hives -- is no longer working , so he travels to Japan to obtain another anti-dementia remedy, a prickly-ash derivative, only available there. He wants to forestall the disease until he can record for posterity his last case; one he considers to be his worst failure. Occurring 30 years prior, a young husband asks Holmes for detective help to discover the reason for his wife's unusual behavior. She seems obsessed with playing an off-beat musical instrument, the glass armonica, and with her gypsy-like instructor. The husband wants to know why.

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Nooksack20
Mar 09, 2018

In a hyphenated word....ultra-boring. Not worth the watch no matter how much of a fan you might be.

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oktexchic
Mar 01, 2018

If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, you will want to see this. Ian McKellen does a great job as the elderly Holmes.

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reginator_22
Jan 24, 2018

[Holmes explains a series of deductions about his last client]

Roger: But all that just told you he was married. How did you know he'd come to see you about his wife?

Sherlock Holmes: [smiles] Because when you're a detective, and a man comes to see you, it's usually about his wife.

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jimg2000
Nov 20, 2015

Roger: You're not going to die.
Holmes: Roger. I'm 93.
Roger: I had a great uncle who lived to be 102.
Holmes: Well, then, that seals my fate. What are the odds that you would know two men who would live that long?
Roger: Well, I didn't actually know him.

Holmes: Ah. The iris. Amazing resilience. Enough light and they will grow
in the most uninhabitable regions, desert, cold, rock. Why do you suppose it is that something as small and insignificant as the iris should be so much stronger than we are? Perhaps they're less affected by what goes on around them.

Ann: And is that enough?
Holmes: It can be. If one is so fortunate as to find a place in the world. And another soul with whom one's loneliness can reside.

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jimg2000
Nov 20, 2015

Roger: If you can't remember, then why couldn't the case have been a success like Dr. Watson wrote it?
Holmes: Because it was my last case. And if I'd brought it to a successful conclusion, I wouldn't have left the profession and spent 35 years here, in this place, away from the world! I chose exile for my punishment, but what was it for? I must have done something terribly wrong...And I've no evidence of what it was. Only pain, guilt... Useless, worthless feelings!

Ann: The dead are not so very far away. They're just...On the other side of the wall. It's us, on this side, who are, all of us so...
Holmes: Alone? I have been alone...All my life. But with the compensations
of the intellect.

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jimg2000
Nov 20, 2015

Due to possibility of spoilers, suggest not to read quotes in general until after watching the film:

Roger: What is Royal Jelly?
Holmes: It's a special secretion of the worker bees. And it's royal because?
Roger: It feeds the queen.
Holmes: Bravo. It was the jelly's curative powers that prompted my monograph, The Value of Royal Jelly with Further Comments on the Potential Health Benefits of Prickly Ash.
Roger: What's that?
Holmes: Prickly Ash, … Well, in Japanese, Hire Sansho is the common word for Zanthoxylum piperitum. It's used to treat various degenerative diseases. Anaemia, circulatory conditions... Arthritis and... Hm. What's it called? Oh. Senility. That was a witticism.

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jimg2000
Nov 20, 2015

Holmes: But surely it can't do me ill.
Doctor: In and of itself, no.
Holmes: You mean there might be side effects?
Doctor: Perhaps.
Holmes: Such as?
Doctor: Hope.

Holmes: … human nature was a mystery that logic alone could not illuminate. I had successfully deduced the facts of her case, but I had failed to grasp their meaning. Never had I felt such an incomprehensible emptiness within myself. Only then did I begin to understand how utterly alone I was in the world.

Holmes: The first thing to know is there's no danger. Bees aren't interested in harming you. Their only concern is self-preservation.
Roger: From people?
Holmes: They're much too clever for people. Their enemies are the weather, disease and predators. The wasp is their particular antagonist. Did you know that one wasp can kill 40 honey bees in under a minute?

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Feb 14, 2018

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