Enola Holmes | Review

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

Enola Holmes was one of the more anticipated Netflix films as of late. The trailer had Sherlock Holmes’ fans very excited to see not only a new take on the iconic detective novels, but also a new Sherlock himself.

The film was released on Netflix on September 23, 2020 and quickly shot up the Netflix Top 10 list. I watched the film and well, I don’t think it was quite what I had hoped it to be.

Spoilers Ahead.

The film is about Enola Holmes, the little sister of Sherlock and Mycroft. After their mother disappears, leaving young Enola all by herself, Mycroft takes her in as his ward.

Mycroft is played by Sam Claflin, and he does a fantastic job of playing Sherlock Holmes’ brother. A very proper english gentleman, who believes deeply in the government, and that men should be the ones leading it.

He plays Mycroft as not an evil man, as some versions of the character come across as, but as a politician. A man who is stuck in his ways. He believes that Enola should be a proper woman, wearing proper clothes, and marry a man to take care of her.

Forcing her into a very un-feminist, girl’s training school, Mycroft comes across as a prick. Making him very unlikable, but not evil. He is very much the least likable of the Holmes’ family and I think this version of Mycroft is very accurate to the character portrayed in the novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

After Enola evades Mycroft and goes on the run, she meets a young man of English royalty named Tewkesbury. Who we know immediately is going to be Enola’s love interest. We get to watch the two of them grow closer throughout the film, and the film very quickly shifts plots.

No longer is the film about Enola finding her mother, but now it’s about saving her new friend Tewkesbury from the assassination attempts being made on him. All while trying to evade her brothers.

Sherlock obviously finds her, and they have a nice moment where they talk in detail about their relationship. Sherlock is enamored by Enola and very impressed with her. This version of Sherlock is being played by Henry Cavill.

Henry Cavill very slickly has tossed his name into the “Who is the best Sherlock” conversation. Playing a more quiet, calm, sophisticated version of the character as opposed to the versions played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Robert Downy Jr.

Cavill plays Holmes as very soft-spoken and kind. You can feel the lack of emotion and empathy that is famous of the character, but instead of being a sociopath, he just comes across as a man who focuses on facts rather than emotion.

Any time that we see Sherlock, either with Enola or on his own, is a highlight of the film. Hopefully we will get to see more of Cavill as Sherlock Holmes.

Enola and Tewkesbury take turns saving each other until finally we have the big reveal. The person behind the assassination attempts was Tewkesbury’s own grandmother. All of it being a ploy to keep the young man from voting against her political ideals in the upcoming vote.

If the review seems a bit underwhelming, it’s because it is. The film is a lot of fun to watch, due to the great characters, creative fourth wall breaking, and a nice look into old timey London.

However, when it comes to story, it lacks a lot of substance. The film does not stay on track long enough for us to even realize what we are supposed to be caring about. First we think that finding her mother is the most important thing. Then we totally forget about the mother and are worried about politics and the assasination of a young man.

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Add in the combination of a rivalry with the headmistress of the school, and her relationship with her brothers, and it just becomes to much to juggle. The film is something that a younger audience will surely adore however.

With a plot that is complex enough to keep them interested, while being simple enough to follow. The younger audience doesn’t really know or care about the pacing and timing of a story, so they probably won’t even notice the lackluster parts of the film.

Overall, I think the film was fun to watch. I know I’ve said that a few times now, but it’s the best way to really describe it…fun. Millie Bobby Brown does a fantastic job of bringing to life the younger sister in the Holmes’ family.

Showing off how intelligent, strong, and extraordinary the character is; all while showing the struggles that come from being a teenager. Her performance is truly believable as a young woman who could step up to solve mysteries along side her famous brother, or even alone.

In fact, one of the highlights of the film is at the end. When Sherlock visits Inspector Lestrade to tell him that he had completely solved the mystery. Just for Lestrade to humor him, until informing him that Enola had already solved it.

With a smug grin, and a “Ha!” Sherlock ends the film showing just how proud of Enola he is. Maybe this could lead to a sequel where instead of a Dr. Watson, we see Sherlock solve a major mystery along side his little sister.

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At the end of the day, this is not a movie that I will be watching over and over again. However, I am hopeful that it will bring about a sequel or even an entire franchise where we can dive more into this version of Sherlock Holmes.

Getting to see more of Enola, Sherlock, Mycroft, and their mother Eudoria (played by Helena Bonham Carter) would make for a really great Netflix franchise to add to the long list of Sherlock Holmes Iteration in Film and Television.

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