Enola Holmes (2020) – Movie Review

Enola Holmes is an adventure mystery-drama film directed by Harry Bradbeer. The film is written by Jack Thorne and is based on the book series of the same name by Nancy Springer. The film was released on 23rd September 2020 and is available to stream on Netflix.

The film revolves around the titular character Enola (Millie Bobby Brown), the teenage sister of an already famous private detective Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill). Enola’s mother Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter) has raised her alone. On her 16th birthday, Enola finds out that her mother is missing. Soon after that, Enola’s elder brothers Mycroft (Sam Claflin) and Sherlock arrives at home and tries to take her legal custody. Now, Enola must set out on a journey to find her missing mother and the mystery behind her disappearance, while outsmarting her brothers.

The film sets in jolly old London which we have already seen in Sherlock Holmes’ films. The look and the feel of the film are similar to Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes concerning background music and set design. The tone of the film is very refreshing and vibrant. The cinematography of the film is also very beautiful and eye-catching. The film is lighthearted and has a good amount of humor poured into it. The action sequences are also very well choreographed. The heart and soul of the is the character of Elona and her chemistry with her mother and her two brothers. Especially, the connection between Elona and Sherlock, where we can see a more human and emotional side of Sherlock Holmes. Every character is very well defined and has relevance in the film. The performances of all the characters are worth appreciating.

The underlying message of the film is about feminism and the prejudiced mindset of the society towards women. The film firmly questions the so-called patriarchy in society. Wherein the film, Mycroft is trying to control Enola for the sake of his reputation, while Enola is trying to be an independent and free-spirited woman by following her mother’s steps. The film is a well-made franchise-starter for the character of Enola Holmes. And, we can expect the sequels from this film. The storytelling of the film from Enola’s perspective is also very quirky and funny. The subplot of the film seems to distract at the start, but it connects well towards the end. In this film, Sherlock Holmes is a supporting character, hence he takes a back seat and lets his sister Enola solve the mysteries. A new Holmes.

Verdict : The film is a decent attempt to introduce Enola’s character. The film is not as thrilling and exciting and dark as compared to Sherlock Holmes’ films/shows. But it is a good watch.

Rating : 3.5/5

Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d0Zf9sXlHk

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