I've had a man-crush on Ian McKellen for years. I admit it. Sitting through MR. HOLMES didn't feel like an assignment at all. It was a pleasure. Don't expect this to do the big box office business that Jurassic World, Disney/Pixar's Inside Out, and Minions have done. Do expect to be fascinated by Sir Ian's performance as old Sherlock Holmes.
Again, Sir Ian is fascinating to watch as Mr. Holmes. Excellent work in a stylish, entertaining film that show us a different Sherlock Holmes. It's really the kind of production we'd see as a special PBS presentation. But with animated features and comic book hero action movies dominating the cineplexes, the mature Mr. Holmes is a nice change of pace for big screens.