Mr. Holmes (2015)

ian mckellen sherlock holmesGandalf the Grey comes back as Sherlock Holmes, which is good news for us and bad news for stranded packs of hobbits.


If you’re looking for a thrilling mystery, this isn’t it.

Mr. Holmes is, however, a movie that will make you think long after it’s over, and that’s the best kind of movie. (And, as Batman & Robin proved, that’s also the worst kind of movie — I thought long and hard afterward about how else I could have spent those two hours.)

Supported by Lauran Linney (who seems like a good egg in real life), Ian McKellen plays the leading role. You may not recognize him in The Scarlet Pimpernel, but you will probably know him as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings movies, Magneto in the X-men movies, and as the individual who received “special thanks” in a short film entitled E’gad, Zombies!.

According to IMDB’s trivia on Mr. Holmes, “Ian McKellen stated in an interview that his costume had very uncomfortable materials that chafed in the worst places. Because of this he is hesitant about reprising his role in future installments.” So there you go. Either IMDB has become increasingly unreliable, or Ian McKellen takes chafing prevention very seriously.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: The MPAA rated this movie PG for “thematic elements, disturbing images, and incidental smoking.” Now I’ll take disturbing images all day long, but heaven forbid my children catch a glimpse of an old guy smoking. I take this whole post back, don’t watch it. In fact, if you ever find this movie on DVD I beg you to stomp, shred, and spit upon this grossly satanic nicotine propaganda.

mr holmes ian mckellenOK, I actually loved this movie. It was very different than I expected and brought home two important lessons for me:

1) As we grow older, the relationships we’ve fostered (or didn’t) in life grow more and more important. There also grows a more urgent need to fix our mistakes or correct any wrongs we may have inflicted upon others. Best to repair and repent while we still have time.

2) Every member of the human race has a responsibility to reach out to others who are struggling. Even if someone seems fine on the outside, you never know what a simple conversation can do for somebody who is secretly fighting serious mental or emotional battles on the inside.

You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to find brothers and sisters on this earth who need help.

Wherefore, be faithful; stand in the office which I have appointed unto you;  succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.”Doctrine & Covenants 81:5

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