Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mr Holmes (2015) - Trailer

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The trailer for the latest Sherlock Holmes movie adaptation starring Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, X-Men movies) as the titular character has been released.

The movie is based on Mitch Cullin's book: “A Slight Trick of the Mind. The pastiche focuses on an elderly Sherlock Holmes coming to terms with the physical frailties of old age.

McKellen is an actor with an uncanny ability to disappear into his roles, whether heroic or villainous in nature. I enjoyed his turn as the Master of Magnetism in the X-Men movies including the latest one, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Equally absorbing are his performances as Gandalf the Grey/White in the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit movies.

Supporting cast includes Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada and John Sessions.

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Bill Condon has directed the movie. His previous efforts such as The Fifth Estate, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 have not been critically acclaimed, irrespective of their box office returns. On the plus side, he has already worked with McKellen on Gods and Monsters, a movie that featured the actor as the real life director, James Whale in his final days. Hope that this movie will enjoy both critical and commercial success.

The music is by Carter Burwell. Carter is well known for his frequent collaboration with The Coen Brothers, such as Burn After Reading, No Country for Old Men and Fargo. 

The trailer is OK. Most of the recent adaptations have heavily focused on Sherlock's supposed love life with Irene Adler. Even though Irene Adler is mentioned in only story (A Scandal in Bohemia) in the Canon, she has been an integral character, starting with the Guy Ritchie directed movies, followed by BBC Sherlock and now the latest Russian TV Series.

Hope the movie turns out better than being just another cash cow to capitalize on the hot streak enjoyed by Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic character. 

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4 comments:

  1. Oh dear, I don't like the look of that trailer at all!! Hope I'm wrong!

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    1. Agreed GK. This trailer does not inspire much confidence. I too hope the movie will turn out to be good and worthy of McKellen's acting talents.

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  2. Well, I'll be hornswaggled! If that's even a word. I had no idea that Sir Ian was chosen to play Holmes. It looks . . . endearing, in a way, but I'm not entirely sure what I think about it. And who is the child? And who is Holmes looking for? In the end it might just blend in. I'm afraid I'm seeing Gandalf, not Holmes.

    And like you I suspect they're just riding the coattails of intense Sherlockian adoration right now.

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    1. Thanks Carissa for stopping by. Long time no see :)

      Like you, I too see a different face of McKellen - his attire reminds me more of Magneto (from the X-Men movies) rather than a Bohemian detective. Fingers crossed that this is not another crass commercial product from the studios.

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