Art in Film: Mr. Holmes – 86%

mrholmesOn July 21, 2015; our Art in Film group reviewed Mr. Holmes. Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. Movie takes place in the year 1947. 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’s too late.

Our movie reviewers included: Andrea Loran, Elinor Steffensen, Glenn Lippman, Jonathan Kahn, Judy Moskowitz, Larry Minsky, Ronni Mann, Sharon Helman, Susan Robbins.

Suggested Movie Headlines included: The Human Condition; Sensitive & Introspective; Profound; The Real Holmes; A Metaphor of Life

Favorite Scenes:
• Holmes with Anne as Holmes realizes how alone he is despite his intellectualism.
• Country and interior design is exquisite.
• White hills of Dover representing peace and death.
• Bee scenes with Holmes and Roger as they explore a generational bond.

Acting: Hands down, Holmes played by Ian McKellen was played out in award fashion. Ian’s ability to convince us of his failing memory and aging was significantly profound. Roger’s eyes and cupid’s bow upper lip. Cute kid. And Liney’s part was played incredibly well considering this time piece.

We learned that life needs to be in balance and that there is a significant difference between bees and wasps. We also believe that this movie is best suited for adults and an older audience.

Our reviewers reviewed this film as 86%. We very much liked it.

Review summarized by Glenn Lippman on July 21, 2015.


“Loved it – beautiful scenery, great acting, rich themes about life and love.”  Ronni Mann

“Wonderful film, great venue, interesting conversations.  All around a great evening.”  Susan Robbins