Sunday, 21 June 2015

Que Sera Sera

Oh dear...yesterday I was all a bit like this
Wasn't I?

I am a bit more 

Like this today.... Thank fuck for that!


Sleep, nice weather and some perspective has given me back a little of the old Doris Day " Que Sere Sera"......I think a break has helped too. Instead of dinosaur mayhem, we took ourselves off to the cinema at Broughton and sat through the rather gentle " Mr Holmes" which is a deligtful panacea to mundane home crap!

 

 Mr Holmes is set in 1940's Dover, where the famous detective is living a quiet country life alongside his bees. Frail, and going senile, Sherlock ( Ian McKellen) is cared for by his unhappy housekeeper Mrs Monroe  ( Laura Linney) and her bright son Roger ( Milo Parker) and it is through Roger's inquisitive nature that 93 year old is able to resolve his last major case and come to some mental peace in the twilight of his life



At first I wasn't sure that Mr Holmes , was working for me, as the traumatic battle Sherlock' has with his memory has a completely different pace to the flashbacks he experiences of the former Edwardian mystery and an odd recalled trip to a post bomb Hiroshima but like all Sherlock Holmes' mysteries , everything dovetails together rather nicely by the end.
McKellen is simply wonderful in the title role, as is Parker, who holds his own rather well against the old trooper, their scenes together have a weight and a heart that drives the narrative forward so well.
Laura Linney in the rather difficult role as the practical and uneducated mother provides the perfect foil for Mc Kellen's sharpness and is rather moving in her scenes with him.

Its a lovely film
8/10

44 comments:

  1. We plan to see it on Wednesday. I hope things are a little calmer for you my friend xxx

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  2. Thank fuck for that. I was beginning exhaust myself.

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  3. Glad to hear that you are a bit better. x

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  4. Ian McKellen (no d) rarely puts a foot wrong. I'd watch him inanything.

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  5. I'm glad you've had a break and are feeling more yourself. From reading all your posts, I think you're a tough cookie (you'd have to be to do your job and the phone work) with a huge kind heart and a lovely emotional response to people and animals alike.

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  6. ohh it sounds good I will also see what Ray might say about it.

    So fess up... was this you? in your berlingo?

    lol Glad you are feeling more yourself.

    p.s love Doris for her red lippy and gold shoes.

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  7. I've never been as enamoured of Ian McK's acting skills as some are. I've seen him several times live on stage too but, at least for me, there's a touch of the 'sameness' in his playing of vastly different roles. Also, his enunciations do sometimes tend towards the indistinct, which can be maddening.
    However, no such reservations about Ms Linney - and she'd be the major draw for me.
    Btw: As you may well know, 'Mr Holmes' has had almost universally rapturous reviews, to which we can now add your own

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    1. I agree with you Ray about Laura Linney. She is marvellous.

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    2. She's LUVERLY, J.!

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  8. ohh it sounds good I will also see what Ray might say about it.

    So fess up... was this you? in your berlingo?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/first-ever-motorist-convicted-for-lane-hogging-10335040.html


    lol Glad you are feeling more yourself.

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  9. Well, Doris, I am happy to hear that. The movie sounds alright, not sure I would recommend Dino mayhem at any time. It looked beastly.

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  10. Didn't know they opened a new cinema in Broughton John? We use to shop there in Tesco and WH Smiths.

    Basil Rathbone is my hero. Is Mr McK a good Sherlock?

    Hope you are feeling better.

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  11. His last, last bow, as it were. After the east wind. I must see it. Glad your keel is evening.

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  12. Sounds like a lovely movie. And I'm glad you're in a better frame of mind.

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  13. glad you are a little calmer

    The film sounds really good will have to look out for it.

    Take care

    Pattypan

    x

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  14. Glad you found a diversion away from your cottage of sickness John.
    There is an article about KcKellen and also about the film in the magazine with yesterday's Yorkshire Post. He speaks of how much he enjoyed making it.

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  15. McKellen and Linney are two of my favorite actors, so i'm looking forward to this one.

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  16. McKellern and Jacobi are outrageous in 'Viscious'. Glad you've pepped-up a bit. x

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  17. 'McKellen' and 'Vicious'! sheesh!

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  18. You would not be happy here in Belize; there are only 2 cinemas in the entire country! And internet speeds are too slow most of the time to stream anything. Glad you enjoyed the film; sounds like it might be worth getting it on DVD. Am also happy that you have been able to step away from the angst for a bit. Take care.

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  19. I think I want to see this, BUT I truly doubt it will make it out here.

    Ear scratches and belly rubs to your pack

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  20. Glad that you have had time to regroup. I have found it harder to watch a beloved pet fade than a family member. Am I an odd duck? Why is that? Still sending my thoughts your way...

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  21. Good to know the film worked it's magic and you were able to forget your cares for a while. Glad you are more Que Sera, Sera now. Hugs for Meg.

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  22. Glad your mood has lifted. As long as you don't look like Munch's The Scream, things can't be that bad.

    The idea of a frail, elderly, semi-senile Holmes is an intriguing one. I might give it a whirl.

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  23. Sounds like a movie I would like to see. I'm glad you've got your Que Sera Sera groove back. I've been thinking about you and Meg all day and I must say I was a little worried about you.

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  24. Gosh I am glad you are feeling a bit better x

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  25. Sounds like a diverting afternoon, take care of the caregiver

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  26. I want to see the film, but it doesn't open here for another month. Thanks for the review.
    Helen

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  27. Glad to see you are in better spirits today. Its a tough time.

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  28. Glad you took some time out, John. Take care.
    Xxxxoooo to you both & Meg.

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  29. A day out, a change of scenery, a good film, all balm to the soul. Glad you are feeling more chipper. Have a good week..x

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  30. I doubt that many dogs have had so many people pulling for them as Meg has had since she became ill. Through your writing we have all come to love her. You're a great "Dad" John....happy Father's Day!

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  31. That sounds like a nice change of pace for you to see this movie and I had not heard of it before. We will definitely see it, I like most anything Holmes.

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  32. If Laura Linneyis in it, it must be good. She chooses small, very interesting parts.

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  33. One to look out for. glad you are feeling a little brighter x

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  34. Interesting! I am so glad you're here to keep me up to date on movies because otherwise I wouldn't know what the heck was going on at the local cinema. Seriously.

    I love Laura Linney. She's great in everything.

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  35. Does that mean that Meg has improved a little John ? XXXX

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  36. Somehow you don't strike me as a yellow capri-pants sort of guy John, but hey, who am I to judge ( currently wearing breakfast stained t-shirt and dog hair hehe). Best wishes to you and yours.

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  37. Happy that you are bearing up a bit better today....It's tough I know. We're all pulling for you and Meg. The two of you are in everyone's thoughts.

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  39. I didn't really know how the film was going to work, but this review makes it sound worth watching, so it will go on my list :-)

    Glad you're feeling more chilled today, sorry I was away and missed yesterday's post. If you want to come and sit and drink coffee on a different Welsh hill I'm here all week except Wednesday. xx

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  40. Been to see it this morning. I thought it was brilliant.

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