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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Another sign of how screwed up things are today

 Ian McKellen as Mr. Holmes
I didn't even know there was another Sherlock Holmes movie coming out till last Wednesday and unlike many of the perversions of Author Conan-Doyle I've seen recently, this seemed like an interesting concept. Holmes trying one last case while he is in his 90s and retired.

Now here is a quote from the review and I don't put much into reviews from papers these days. One, the reviewers are idiots and for the second point an opinion is like certain body parts, everyone has one.

... Like those predecessors, “Mr. Holmes” takes place in the middle of the 20th century and is smart, sedate and well-acted.

Based on Mitch Cullin’s novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” “Mr. Holmes” imagines the old age of Sherlock Holmes, the fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s 1947, the war is over, and Holmes is residing in the countryside. He has a housekeeper (Laura Linney) and, aside from his beekeeping hobby and his memories, she and her little boy (Milo Parker) are his world.

It helps going in to know that Holmes is supposed to be 93; otherwise, you may see Ian McKellen and think the poor man is aging terribly...

Now I find this interesting. At the bottom there is some quick info on the movie:

‘Mr. Holmes’

Rated PG: for thematic elements, some disturbing images and incidental smoking

Running time: 105 minutes xxxx

OK, from what I've seen this is a "modern" movie and I would not be shocked if it didn't have a gratuitous sex scene or profanity that was not common in Britain in the 1940s ("thematic elements"). But one of the things that makes it a PG movie is "incidentally smoking". Anyone who has any knowledge of Sherlock Holmes knows he smoked a pipe (and cigarettes) and smoking was very common till the 1980s. But I should not be surprised, history is something to be covered up.

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