Review: Mr. Holmes is Brilliant

I hope he has an outfit to wear to all the awards shows he will have to attend this year.
I hope he has an outfit to wear to all the awards shows he will have to attend this year.

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines the word brilliant as very intelligent or successful. Some people will throw that word around like it has little to no meaning. I remember being at Disney World with my family and hearing another dad looking at an ice cream cone that his wife had purchased on Main Street and he calling that “brilliant.” I remember thinking to myself at that moment,“Really, you are calling the fact your wife was able to successfully navigate the purchase of an ice cream cone as an example of her intelligence?” The point is that we shouldn’t just throw certain words around all the time because it takes away from the overall meaning of the word.That is why when I write these reviews, I make it a point to carefully choose the words that I want to use when describing these movies to you. With that in mind, I’m here to tell you today that Mr. Holmes is one of the most brilliant movies I’ve seen in 2015. Let me explain further.

Mr. Holmes (Ian Mckellen) is a new take on the world’s most famous detective.In 1947, an elderly Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant, he witnessed the aftermath of Hiroshima.Now, Holmes faces the end of his life tending to bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her son.Dealing with the dwindling powers of his mind, Holmes comes to need the help of the boy as he revisits the circumstances of his final case.

The story behind this movie is the performance of Ian Mckellen. He portrays the iconic character of Sherlock Holmes with such gravitas that you aren’t able take your eyes off of him from the beginning of the film to the end.He portrays Mr. Holmes with a sense of ego mixed with a tinge of vulnerability due to his diminished mental skills.He brings such heart to the role of Mr. Holmes that it’s without question one of the best acting performances that I’ve seen this year.I think it’s a shame that Mr. Holmes came out now and didn’t come out closer to awards season.Sometimes time can be the enemy of a movie during awards season.

Sadly, Mr. Holmes won’t get the wide play that it deserves.It’s a great movie with plenty examples of masterful moments of acting.Mr. Holmes is not the best film of the year in my opinion but it’s at least in my top 5.The story that will last the rest of the year will be Ian Mckellen and his performance as Mr. Holmes. Mckellan has had a distinguished acting career and will have a great chance at winning his first Oscar for this role. Remember, brilliance is always going to be recognized.

Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
I'm a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and have been doing reviews for many years. My views on film are often heard in markets such as Atlanta, Houston, and satellite radio. My wife often tolerates my obsession for all things film related and two sons are at an age now where 'Trolls' is way cooler than dad. Follow me on twitter @mrsingleton.

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