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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 — 1:44pm PDT
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I had the pleasure of attending an advanced screening of the new crime drama Mr. Holmes with BC’s official Sherlock Holmes Society, The Stormy Petrels, last week at the International Village Cinemas. Opening in theatres on July 17th, the film stars Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes and Laura Linney as housekeeper Mrs. Munro, and is based on the 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind written by Mitch Cullin.

In 1947, the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, aged 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro, and her young son, Roger. Holmes reflects on his life while writing in his journals, tending to his bees, and dealing with the deterioration of his once incredible mind. The film, like the novel, uses flashbacks to reveal events of the past, when he was still at the height of his fame and mental ability at his Baker Street consulting rooms, and during a visit to Japan.

Having grown up with Sherlock Holmes stories, told so frequently at one point I thought John Watson was an uncle of mine over in England, I tend to be critical of new fan fiction. However, I have learned over the years that new interpretations, movies, shows, and stories are always welcome as long as it helps the propagate the legacies of Holmes and Watson. Fran Martin, the President of The Stormy Petrels wrote this in her review of the film:

ENT-0254 MR HOLMES VERTICAL QUOTE BB ONE SHEET.indd“If you plan on going into this film expecting to see the same Sherlock Holmes that you are used to, except a little older, you will be disappointed. This is not your usual action-packed, thrill-of-the-hunt-grab-your-toothbrush-Watson type of story.

Holmes, like the rest of us, is human after all. Even the sharpest of minds lose their edge. Even the heartiest of souls can weaken. Memories fade, but regrets can linger. Vulnerability takes over. We all need someone.

We still cheer on our hero as he tries to right the wrongs. After all, he is still our Holmes!”

Martin adds that the acting was superb and she recommend the film to everyone: “You needn’t be a Holmes aficionado to appreciate it.”

Win Passes to Mr Holmes in Vancouver

If you would like to see an advanced screening of Mr Holmes, I have 5 double passes to give away for July 15, 2015 at Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 7:00pm viewing. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post with a Sherlock Holmes quote or story title (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win movie passes for #MrHolmes from @eonefilms @Miss604

I will draw all 5 winners at 12:00pm on Monday, July 13, 2015. Winners are encouraged to get to the theatre at least 1 hour in advance to claim their tickets.

Update The winners are Stacey, Derek, Monique, Steph, and Samantha!


  1. Lorena Grande says:

    “The Fair Sex is Your Department”

  2. Sanaz says:

    ‘You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.’

  3. Stacey Cunningham says:

    “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know”

  4. TimD says:

    It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

  5. Andrea Alexander says:

    My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know.’

  6. Randy says:

    It is my business to know what other people don’t know

  7. Donna says:

    I never guess, that is a shocking habit.

  8. Jason says:

    I am the last and highest court of appeal in detection.

  9. Derek Van Leenen says:

    “It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.”

  10. Donald says:

    “Excellent! I cried. “Elementary,” said he.

  11. Ariel C says:

    “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know”

  12. Reen says:

    “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”

  13. Scott D says:

    “The game is afoot.”

  14. jessica eapen says:

    “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know”

  15. Taylor S says:

    One of my faves: The Hound of the Baskervilles.

  16. Jen says:

    “Watson. Come at once if convenient. If inconvenient, come all the same”

  17. Jane MacDermot says:

    One of my favorite Holmes stories is “the Red Headed League”

  18. Wally says:

    You know my methods, Watson.

  19. Marianne Ong says:

    They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!

  20. Dylan says:

    you know my methods watson

  21. Christelle says:

    There is nothing like first-hand evidence.

  22. Melanie B says:

    ” A case of Identity”

  23. Monique says:

    The Case of Identity

  24. Vivien Hoang says:

    The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.

  25. Samantha T says:

    DATA DATA DATA. I can’t make bricks without clay!

  26. Amanda says:

    “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know”

  27. Maureen says:

    “Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound.”

  28. Stephanie says:

    It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.

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