Starring Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, the Netflix original, Enola Holmes, is based on the novel series by Nancy Springer. Enola is Sherlock Holmes’ young sister who stirs up trouble and solves mysteries in Victorian England. Even though she has a famous sibling played by Henry Cavill, she is very much her own person. Her other snotty and scheming brother Mycroft, is played by Sam Clafin. But while Sherlock seems to appreciate his little sister’s sharp mind and spry demeanor, Mycroft is mortified by how unkempt and uncouth she’s become. Using her detective skills, she outsmarts her older brothers and helps a runaway lord played by new teen heartthrob, Louis Partridge, while searching for her missing mother.
The movie’s beautiful cinematography and location captivates viewers. Harry Bradbeer, an Emmy winning director, brings an infectious energy to the movie by having Enola break the fourth wall from the get-go with amusingly self-aware asides, a tactic he uses frequently in other films. She looks straight into the camera and speaks directly to the audience making them feel like they are part of the adventure.
Enola Holmes is anything but a carbon copy of the renditions of Sherlock Holmes we have seen in the past. Nonetheless, the directors did a wonderful job of capturing that same thinking-out-loud visual aesthetic.
However, the family-friendly movie becomes oddly violent toward the end that disturbs the enjoyable adventures that occurred throughout the movie. At a bit over two hours, the movie Enola Holmes carries on a bit too long. Overall however, this movie is thoroughly enjoyable and definitely worth Netflix users’ time.
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