Mr. Holmes Review - AVClub

AVClub: It’s easy to imagine Ian McKellen playing Sherlock Holmes with a Gandalfian twinkle in his eye, but the first glimpse of him in the title role of Mr. Holmes betrays no such delights. Sitting on a train car opposite a little boy, lips slightly pursed and pulled down into a little frown, he admonishes the child not to tap the window. The boy wonders how he knew that’s what he was about to do. This is what Sherlock Holmes has been reduced to: predicting the behavior of dull-witted children, performing what someone else in the movie refers to as his “parlor trick.”

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