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The Game's Afoot With An Aging 'Mr. Holmes'

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After more than a century, Sherlock Holmes’ popularity continues to rise with a play at the Globe, more of the BBC series in the wings, and now Sir Ian McKellan taking on the role of the great detective for the feature film, “Mr. Holmes."

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Sherlock Holmes' popularity continues to rise with a play at the Globe, more of the BBC series in the wings, and now Ian McKellan takes on the role of the great detective for the feature film called "Mr. Holmes." KPBS film critic Beth Accomando says it offers yet another reinvention of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character.

Sherlock Holmes is renowned for his great mind and facility for deduction. But what happens when that mind starts to fail.

Audio Clip: A few years ago I could have told you everything about the woman in that photograph. Certainly I'd recall if she was victim or culprit but that night I couldn't remember any of it

The film Mr. Holmes is based on Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind. It sets up a narrative that contrasts the aging Holmes with the detective in his prime. The result is a fresh take on a familiar character with a stellar performance by Ian McKellan. And it allows the sleuth to uncover the mystery of his own emotions… or lack there of.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.

Mr. Holmes opens this Friday in select San Diego theaters.

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