Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mr Holmes

Sherlock Holmes rules, especially so in the recent years when he has been invented and reinvested many times over. Even if we avoid mentioning Guy Richie’s zany two Sherlock Holmes movies, starring Robert Downey Jr, we have the widely popular ‘Sherlock’ series in BBC, which made Benedict Cumberbatch a bona fide star. The series re-imagines Sherlock Holmes in a modern setting, where Mr Holmes uses the modern technology, computers, cellphones and what not, to solve crime.

Meanwhile, there is another American TV series, ‘Elementary’ with Jonny Lee Miller as a recovering drug addict in New York, with Lucy Liu as Dr Watson. She is called Joan. Even Holmes’ arch-nemesis Moriarty goes through sex-reassignment become a woman, and Sherlock’s love interest no less.

Interestingly, both Cumberbatch and Miller were part of Danny Boyle’s experimental stage adaptation of ‘Frankenstein’.

Now, we have movie, ‘Mr Holmes’, starring Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in his 90s. With Bill Condon (who made Gods and Monsters, among other films) directing, I am hoping that this one will finally out Sherlock as gay, with Dr Watson being his love interest. I would pay to see this.

According to what I could gather from the trailer of the film, Sherlock is retired, and Watson is gone. He complains how most of what Watson wrote to popularise him was exaggerated and so on. And, oh, there is a final mystery to be solved, and it proves to be difficult.

Mr. Holmes (previously known as A Slight Trick of the Mind) is an upcoming crime drama mystery film directed by Bill Condon, based on the 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind written by Mitch Cullin. The film stars Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes and Laura Linney as housekeeper Mrs. Munro. Principal photography began on July 5, 2014, in London. The film is scheduled to be released in 2015. It had been selected to be screened out of competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival and had its premiere on 7 February 2015. The film will be released in British cinemas on June 19, 2015.

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