Movie Review: Enola Holmes
Updated: Oct 29, 2020
Most people are familiar with the famous, British detective, Sherlock Holmes. They may not know that he has a younger sister named Enola Holmes. In a Netflix adaptation of the original novels written by Nancy Springer, Enola is on a mission to not only find herself but to save those close to her. British actress Millie Bobby Brown portrays the protagonist in this adventurous, girl-powered film taking audiences on an action-packed journey to London.
At a young age, Enola’s father tragically passes and her older brothers, Mycroft (Sam Claflin) and Sherlock (Henry Cavill) eventually leave home leaving Enola to be raised solely by her mother, Eudoria Holmes (Helena Bonham Carter). Rather than raise Enola to be the average Victorian woman, her mother implements lessons of combat and puzzle-solving, while also teaching her to go against the grain. These lessons come in handy when Enola’s mother randomly disappears. At only 16 years old Enola is to see the true meaning of her name: alone. She works tirelessly to disguise herself and stay out of view of her older brothers and stumbles upon a young boy, runaway Viscount Tewksbury (Louis Partridge), who is being hunted down by an assassin. Her journey to London to find her mother has only become more complicated.
The movie seems to tell two stories simultaneously: Enola’s journey to find her mother and her desire to protect Viscount Tewksbury. The brilliant storytelling, however, keeps both stories relevant and draws the attention of the audience. Each scene is filled with action and a lesson for viewers. Whether it's the idea of following your own path or taking risks every viewer will walk away learning something new. Although there are several fight scenes in the movie a particular scene at the end of the film causes a dramatic shift. Will Enola ever find her mother? Will Tewksbury escape his assassin? You’ll just have to watch and find out.