Return Of The Great Detective



I am not a Sherlock Holmes purest. I'm not one of these ones that runs about, waving his fist in the air whenever someone dares venture outside of the Doyle canon. I think it speaks to the universality of the character that Doyle invented that he is so infinitely adaptable, and I take no issue with writers doing so. That is, in fact, part of the fun. To see what sort of situations the Detective can find himself in before it strains believably (and consider Neil Gaiman once successfully paired Holmes with the Cthulhu mythos, I'd say the character can put up with considerable strain).

With all that in mind, I'm very much looking forward to Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as a post-WWII, aging Holmes, desiring to keep to his bees but haunted by his final, unsolved case. This first footage certainly looks promising, with McKellen seeming to pull off both a shift in age and physical dexterity, and the earliest glint of an engaging mystery to occupy him. I get hesitant when film's pair the elderly with children, who inspire them to former greatness, as the result is often melodramatic, but Holmes needs a Watson after all. The vague hint of romantic interest present in this trailer puts me off slightly. But still, a film to look forward to, I should think.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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