Win Passes to Mr Holmes in Vancouver

Comments 28 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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:

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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!

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28 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Lorena GrandeWednesday, July 8th, 2015 — 2:06pm PDT

    “The Fair Sex is Your Department”

  2. SanazWednesday, July 8th, 2015 — 2:33pm PDT

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

  3. Stacey CunninghamWednesday, July 8th, 2015 — 2:43pm PDT

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

  4. TimDWednesday, July 8th, 2015 — 3:07pm PDT

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

  5. Andrea AlexanderWednesday, July 8th, 2015 — 3:44pm PDT

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

  6. RandyWednesday, July 8th, 2015 — 5:17pm PDT

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

  7. DonnaWednesday, July 8th, 2015 — 9:08pm PDT

    I never guess, that is a shocking habit.

  8. JasonWednesday, July 8th, 2015 — 11:01pm PDT

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

  9. Derek Van LeenenThursday, July 9th, 2015 — 12:44am PDT

    “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. DonaldThursday, July 9th, 2015 — 4:30am PDT

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

  11. Ariel CThursday, July 9th, 2015 — 9:32am PDT

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

  12. ReenThursday, July 9th, 2015 — 10:44am PDT

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

  13. Scott DThursday, July 9th, 2015 — 12:27pm PDT

    “The game is afoot.”

  14. jessica eapenThursday, July 9th, 2015 — 12:31pm PDT

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

  15. Taylor SThursday, July 9th, 2015 — 1:49pm PDT

    One of my faves: The Hound of the Baskervilles.

  16. JenThursday, July 9th, 2015 — 2:45pm PDT

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

  17. Jane MacDermotThursday, July 9th, 2015 — 2:48pm PDT

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

  18. WallyThursday, July 9th, 2015 — 3:29pm PDT

    You know my methods, Watson.

  19. Marianne OngThursday, July 9th, 2015 — 8:41pm PDT

    They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!

  20. DylanThursday, July 9th, 2015 — 9:24pm PDT

    you know my methods watson

  21. ChristelleFriday, July 10th, 2015 — 11:00am PDT

    There is nothing like first-hand evidence.

  22. Melanie BFriday, July 10th, 2015 — 1:52pm PDT

    ” A case of Identity”

  23. MoniqueFriday, July 10th, 2015 — 2:52pm PDT

    The Case of Identity

  24. Vivien HoangFriday, July 10th, 2015 — 6:59pm PDT

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

  25. Samantha TSaturday, July 11th, 2015 — 9:37am PDT

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

  26. AmandaSaturday, July 11th, 2015 — 4:45pm PDT

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

  27. MaureenMonday, July 13th, 2015 — 5:43pm PDT

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

  28. StephanieTuesday, July 14th, 2015 — 6:51am PDT

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

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