Summary (from IMDb): An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.
I was expecting to find this film difficult to watch because the thought of Sherlock Holmes with dementia is bad enough (I was unable to finish reading the book it was based on because it distressed me so much) never mind watching Sir Ian McKellan portray it with his usual depth and feeling. And it was difficult, to a degree (I certainly found myself tearing up in parts) but I didn’t go to pieces in the way I was expecting. This had nothing to do with Sir Ian, whose performance was as fantastic and realistic as I had expected, and everything to do with the scripting of the book for the big screen. There was more hope and gladness in the film for one thing and I have been assured (by a friend who did make it to the end of the book) that the ending was changed much for the better – I certainly found the ending uplifting and was smiling through the tears.
Scripting and directing were also excellent, particularly the way the story from many years ago (which Holmes was trying to remember and is the heart of the plot) was woven into the present and the recent past. Holmes very visible horror at what the atomic bomb had done to Hiroshima and the Japanese people was also incredibly moving and I was glad it had been included.
Overall I enjoyed Mr Holmes far more than I thought I was going to and I would recommend it to all Holmes fans and anyone who enjoys period pieces shot and acted par excellence!