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Film: Mr Holmes

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mr_holmes_ver2_xlgA friend of mine recently invited me to see Mr Holmes at a local cinema and as much that is what I’m recommending today.

I love everything Sherlock Holmes, especially the modern adaptations of the books such as the BBC series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the two films starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law and lastly, the American series, Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. From that I figured, I had to watch this new adaptation starring Ian McKellen.

‘The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and [her] rising detective son. But then he finds himself haunted by an unsolved 30-year old case. Holmes memory isn’t what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, [and] a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.’ (IMDB)

This magical story sees Mr Holmes in his self-made isolation from the world as he lives his old age. Sherlock is suffering with his aging, as his brain doesn’t work how it used to; he can’t remember his old cases as much. The film sees Sherlock go over his one unfinished case with the help of young Roger, the housekeeper’s son. While Roger helps Sherlock with the case, Sherlock teaches Roger the art of bee-keeping, something that Sherlock Holmes, in his legacy, enjoys. This shows an amazing relationship grow between the two, but not everything is as perfect as it seems for Mrs. Munro, the housekeeper, who struggles to look after a stubborn old man while ensuring her child is safe from harm. She eventually considers leaving Mr Holmes to work in another household.

I really enjoyed the film, it was very simple in its concept and the film isn’t particularly punchy (like many of the newer adaptations) but it offers a chance for the current generation to see Sherlock in a different way; it is very unique and interesting. There wasn’t a large cast and most of the film only focuses on Sherlock, Roger and Mrs. Munro but this just seemed to add to the magic of it all.

I truly recommend this film, if you haven’t seen it, even if you don’t know much about Sherlock Holmes. (However, this is the only modern version that sees very little of Holmes’ sidekick Dr. John Watson).

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Film and TV: X-Men Days of Future Past

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x_men_days_of_future_past_poster-wideAs per usual, I’m late on watching this film but I finally got to watch X-MEN: Days of Future Past, the latest instalment in the X-MEN franchise. I absolutely love X-MEN and this film was no disappointment.

First and foremost, the film had an amazing cast filled with people old and new from the XMEN series including: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage and Josh Helman. The film is so well thought out flawlessly entwining the two casts in one film.

The narrative of the film is really interesting. Firstly the time travel element, which I think I’m safe to say as that detail was revealed ages ago, wasn’t done in any cheesy, clichéd way which made it all the more realistic. The narrative also comments on issues such as war which provides a message we can use especially in today’s society with wars being very much a thing of the present.

The narrative also develops the relationships between the characters and allows us to see that friendship between Charles and Eric who, if you know X-men, don’t always appear so friendly to each other. The relationships between other characters are developed too, such as Logan with young Xavier, Xavier’s relationship with Raven and so on.

The cinematography in this film is superb, the opening sequence is amazing and there is this one scene with Quicksilver, who is a mutant who can move really fast, that is shot so well and the effects are done brilliantly that even a guy who is faster than everyone else running around a kitchen in the Pentagon looks realistic. It’s hard to rave about the scene without your audience having seen it, but just trust me.

In addition, as always, the music in this movie genuinely made chills go down my spine, it was so good and the makeup was brilliant.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is such a good film. It’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster to say the least and all I can say to the ending is OMG. There is heartache and happiness. Who knew a film could mess with your emotions like this one did? I had to watch the gag reel to get over all of the emotions!

Anyway, I really do recommend this film if you haven’t seen it, or haven’t been introduced to the X-Men series at all, then please do watch them! You won’t regret it.

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