Autistic Spectrum Digest (Autism) Issue 22, September 2015 - Page 46

In this movie world, Sherlock Holmes is a real person. Dr. Watson fashioned many stories about him which capture the public’s imagination. However, many details are embellished for the sake of a good novel. The deerstalker hat was just for show, and he prefers cigars to pipes. But the essence of who Sherlock Holmes is, his intensely logical mind, is the truth. Nearing the end of his life, Mr. Holmes’ brilliant mind, what he based his entire identity around, is fading, and he knows it. Almost in desperation, he attempts to write his own story of the last case he took before retirement. Without giving too much away, this case ends rather badly for him. He has the opportunity to connect with someone on an emotional level and he doesn’t take it. He learns a painful lesson if I may borrow from another fictional character known for logic, Mr. Spock, that logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end. The boy Roger is central to Mr. Holmes remembering the case. They develop a friendship that they both grow to treasure. Both sad and hopeful, Mr. Holmes tells a tale of logic failing us, and what we can do to if not ameliorate it, make those involved feel better. Sir Ian is wonderful as always. It must be rather difficult portraying someone approaching senility when you are not quite a spring chicken yourself, and he did it quite well. Laura Linney is plucky as the working class housekeeper with no ambitions for anything better, to the consternation of her son. Milo Parker shines as Roger, a boy quite enchanted with Mr. Holmes and eagerly willing to help him flesh out his last case. 46