Sherlock Holmes has been undergoing something of a renaissance over the last few years. Of course, being one the most popular characters in literary history, adapted hundreds of times for both the big screen and small – and with the Guinness Book of Records listing the super-sleuth as the “most portrayed movie character” in history – he’s never really gone away. But with Robert Downey Jr bringing him back to life on the silver screen in a pair of money-spinning action-adventures, and Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller both finding success with the character on TV, Holmes seems to have been everywhere of late.
So before you groan at the arrival of yet another celluloid adaptation, know that Mr. Holmes – which is directed by Kinsey and Dreamgirls helmer Bill Condon – features a version of Sherlock that’s unlike any that has gone before. He’s old, for starters. Really old in fact, with this take on the character 93 and retired to a cottage in the Sussex countryside to live in anonymity and look after bees.