By James Davidson
“Enola Holmes” is a new mystery/adventure film that debuted on September, 23rd, 2020 on the streaming service Netflix. It’s a retelling of the classic Sherlock Holmes story, but instead of focusing on Sherlock, this story features Enola, Sherlock’s teenage sister. It showcases an all-star cast, lead by Millie Bobby Brown as Enola, and Henry Cavill as Sherlock.
The story follows Enola as she searches for her mother, who has disappeared. As Enola comes into her own as a super sleuth, she attempts to outsmart her famous brother as she discovers a dangerous conspiracy surrounding the young Lord Viscount Tewkesbury, Marquess of Basilwether. Enola must follow clues to not only find her mother, but find out who is out to get the young Lord Viscount Tewkesbury, Marquess of Basilwether, as well as stay one step ahead of her brother.
I thought that this film looked like a fun, fresh take on a classic story and I was excited to see how it would turn out. I was hoping for a complex mystery with some powerful acting, For the most part, I was impressed with the results.
The plot was intriguing, with many unexpected twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. It had just the right amount of humour injected into the story to keep the mood of the film light and fun. I really enjoyed how Enola would break the fourth wall and talk to the audience and narrate her own story. I thought that it was a fun way to keep the audience informed and create an interior narrative for the character.
I enjoyed the fact that Enola was the main protagonist. While Sherlock is in the story, he is a secondary character that takes a back seat to the young Enola. I thought this brought a new, interesting spin on the classic tale. It would have been easy for Sherlock to steal the show, especially since he was played by a big star like Henry Cavill. However, Millie Bobby Brown did an incredible job portraying the young Enola and stole the show in her own right. Cavill did a great job at portraying Sherlock, and letting Brown take the lead and showcase her talents.
The one caveat to this movie, is that there are many intertwining storylines and it’s easy to lose track of what is going on. I think that the writers did a great job at tying all of the plotlines up, but I felt at times they focused too much on one plot point while others took a backseat. There were also a few questions that were left unanswered, such as why Enola’s mother went missing in the first place. I would have liked to have seen a little more explanation for a few of the plot points that were left open ended.
This movie is rated PG-13 for some violence, but there is nothing too offensive in the film, and I think it makes a great movie for a family movie night. There are a few fight scenes, but not a lot of gore or unnecessary violence and not too much offensive language at all. I think this movie is appropriate for families with young teens or pre-teens and is a great film that everyone in the family will enjoy.
“Enola Holmes” is a fun, fresh take on a classic story, with many unexpected plot twists that will keep the entire family guessing until the very end. It has some incredible acting by some powerhouse actors and is a great choice for any family movie night. It earns 3.5 out of 5 stars.