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The Guin­ness Book of World Records lists Sher­lock Holmes as the “most por­trayed movie char­ac­ter” of all-time. The high­est rec­om­men­da­tion that can be made of the new Bri­tish pro­duc­tion Mr Holmes is that the great ac­tor Ian McKellen de­liv­ers one of the finest por­tray­als of old Sher­lock ever at­tempted. In fact, you can take that “old Sher­lock” and raise it to a “very old Sher­lock”. For in this stately adap­ta­tion of au­thor Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, McKellen’s Sher­lock Holmes is 93 years old. Al­ways self-an­a­lyt­i­cal to a fault, Holmes can sense his renowned in­tel­lect could be on the wane. As if to re­vive his fad­ing pow­ers of de­duc­tion, Sher­lock re-ex­am­ines the case which forced his re­tire­ment three decades prior. While the di­rec­to­rial style of vet­eran Bill Con­don ( Gods & Mon­sters) does some­times stray to­wards the vanilla, the many flavours in­jected into the film by McKellen’s fear­less, fo­cused per­for­mance more than com­pen­sates. Co-stars Laura Lin­ney.

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