You may have heard of Sherlock Holmes (if you haven’t, what hole have you been hiding under all these years?) but I can guarantee you haven’t heard of Enola Holmes. Enola is the younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft and is the star of this new incarnation of the famous detective family. Not created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, rather created by American author Nancy Springer. Enola was inducted into the family back in 2006 and has gone on to feature in multiple books since. After numerous attempts and incarnations of Sherlock over the years, having a female lead the family in a new film and a completely new story is a breath of fresh air we all need.
Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) is a sixteen year old girl who lives with her Mother (Helena Bonham Carter) and has had quite the sheltered life in regards to the outside world. After her Father passed away and her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft left when she was very young, it was just Enola and her Mother left in the house. Mother, or as she should call her Mrs.Holmes, raises Enola to become a strong, witty, intelligent and independent woman. When Mrs.Holmes suddenly goes missing on Enola’s sixteenth birthday, Enola decides to find out what happened to her Mother and to follow the breadcrumbs that her mother has left behind. Whilst doing this, she has to fight her brothers to stop them sending her to a finishing school and staying one step ahead of her world famous detective brother, Sherlock.
Released exclusively by Netflix, you’re able to watch Enola Holmes at the comfort of your own home. With the world outside taking vicious and unpredictable turns, it’s nice to be able to watch something that consumes two hours of your life and to forget the outside world. Surprisingly, I was taken aback as to how much I really enjoyed this. I’m not the biggest Sherlock Holmes fan but with the introduction of this new character to the screen, it allowed me to sit back and enjoy a new experience. Millie Bobby Brown is absolutely brilliant as Enola and showcases a part of her that we haven’t experienced on the big screen yet, and that’s a witty and confident side of her. In her famous role as Eleven in Stranger Things, she portrays a shy and unsure character but as Enola, she shows that just because you’re a woman, it doesn’t mean you can’t fight, be smart or have the choice to do what you want. And effectively, this is what her character is all about. Highlighting that women should be empowered by themselves and other people and that they can make their own choices and that other people, including your family don’t always have the best of interests for your future. Consistently breaking down the fourth wall and directly interacting with us throughout our journey, Enola is a character that you instantly love. As she goes on a journey of self discovery, breaking the fourth wall is a wonderful way for her to document her adventure whilst keeping us up to date with her thoughts and feelings. Bobby Brown dominates the screen in every single scene she is in (and that’s about 98% of the film) and shows that she is capable of being the lead in a big blockbuster movie.
My only gripe is that the film loses itself at the midway point and pulls itself through to its conclusion. Running at just over the two hour mark, it’s a little long for what it is. Albeit, that is the only negative I have to say. Alongside Millie Bobby Brown, all supporting cast are very good in their roles, but Enola Holmes is the Millie Bobby Brown show. This is her moment and she has taken it with both hands. I really hope this becomes a success because I would love to see more adventures of Enola in the future.
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