Movies of the week: Mr. Holmes & Ant-Man

It’s a double feature for this week. The subjects: a dignified period piece featuring a distinguished leading man cast as the world’s most famous detective and a big-budget superhero spectacle where size doesn’t matter. Retired detective Sherlock Holmes is well into the twilight years of his prestigious and distinguished life and reconnects with the one that got away; a case involving beautiful woman was left unsolved, and there is no way the brilliant detective is going to let that mar his illustrative career. Sir Ian McKellan stars in Mr. Holmes.

What am I expecting to see?: For once it’s good to see Ian McKellan not play Magneto or Gandalf the Grey/White and the lure of him taking on the role of Sherlock Holmes is undeniable. I believe Bill Condon, with Mitch Cullin’s screenplay, has crafted a beautiful story for McKellan to flex his acting muscles and deliver a brimming performance, with Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Patrick Kennedy and Phillip Davis supporting him. I’ve been quite taken with the allure of Mr. Holmes and I feel it would be quite a treat.

Phase Two of the Avengers Initiative has come to a close and now the epilogue feature is on the horizon. Scott Lang is a former thief who has just left “da joint” and he has been offered a chance at redemption by renowned scientist Dr. Henry Pym. Pym believes Lang’s talents as a thief could be a great asset to pull off a heist that could be of a great help to the world at large. Lang must embrace his inner hero and stop Darren Cross from unleashing a devastating horror upon the world. Scott Lang must become Ant-Man.

What am I expecting to see?: I found Age of Ultron a tough act to follow but I’ve heard great things about Ant-Man. Peyton Reed had to fill in as director since Edgar Wright stepped away due to creative differences, but early reviews on Ant-Man have been glowing! The cast of Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lily, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña, Bobby Canavale, Judy Greer, T.I. is diverse and look as if they can bring depth to this film. I think a hero as small as Ant-Man can become a big hit.


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