*** out of ****
Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes stars Ian McKellen as the classic Arthur Conan Doyle detective –now an elderly man in poor health as he stays in a country cottage by the sea under the care of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and the inquisitive attention of her young son (Milo Parker) who helps him explore an unsolved haunting case from his past by evoking fading memories of the facts surrounding it.
The case itself never becomes intriguing but the drama and tender interactions between a tired old man and an ambitious child are the heart of the film. The movie is slow, but very hypnotic. This is recommended entertainment for a lazy Sunday.