I have got to see this!!
Ian McKellen! Laura Linney! Sherlock Holmes! BEES!
Okay, I have to calm down….
And how is it that the trailer for a little art film (by Bill Condon, who directed Gods and Monsters, another film you should absolutely stop and see this instant) should suddenly engender more acute excitement in me than even the trailers for The Force Awakens?? Obviously it pushes buttons I have been fifty years adding to my psyche, built out of Sherlock Holmes and The-Seven-Percent Solution and watching Basil Rathbone in films that were brilliant, despite the fact that they ignored the original milieu of the stories– and, possibly, because I am dying for a film that is focused on character, and full of wit and intelligence. As much as I enjoy films like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy (and I do, enormously), there are times I need something more concentrated and discerning– the sort of thing to be found, for example, in the 1995 version of Persuasion, another favorite of mine. It is yet to be determined whether Mr. Holmes will actually deliver– again, judging a film by its trailer is problematic– but the premise– an aged Sherlock Holmes, post-World War II (and, yes, the math adds up, if you think about it) is intriguing.
Not to mention, the phrase “Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes” gives me a shiver of anticipation such as I have not felt in a long, long time. I think McKellen should be made a citizen of every civilized country on the planet, and whatever alien worlds we may contact, as well. The guy is just that damn good.
Okay– got that off my chest. Now I’ll lay down for a while with a wet cloth over my face.
Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait….