This film is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 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 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 is too late.
The screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess), adapted from a 2005 novel by Mitch Cullin, is witty and poignant without losing its lighthearted touch. McKellen is superb in the title role, playing a man whose physical constraints can’t dull a sharp mind. The film conveys Holmes’ continued obsession with curious details around him, such as a stray spot of dust on a staircase or a misplaced garment in his closet.
Ian McKellen gained 2nd Place in the Best Actor Award at the Seattle International Film Festival 2015.
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Venue: William Loveless Hall