By Melody Ortiz
“Enola Holmes” is a great way to introduce younger audiences to the world of Sherlock Holmes.
It is also a refreshing new view for those who are already fans of Holmes and his adventures.
Though Sherlock is not the main character in this movie, viewers still get plenty of similar themes, mysteries and “ah-ha!” moments from his adventures.
“Enola Holmes” is about Sherlock’s 16-year-old sister Enola, played by Millie Bobby Brown, who is desperate to find their missing mother, Eudoria, played by Helena Bonham Carter. Bonham Carter is, no surprise, perfect in her role and made a sweet mother-daughter pair with Brown.
Brown made a big impression on audiences when she played Eleven in Netflix’s show “Stranger Things.” Fans of the show will get pleasure in seeing Brown play Enola, who has a similar personality as Sherlock and is very different from the role of Eleven.
Enola has a love for thrills, mysteries and being right.
Fans of Sherlock will be pleased with Henry Cavill’s (Superman in 2013’s “Man of Steel”) portrayal of the famous detective. Though maybe not the best actor that’s played Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch beat him by miles), Cavill is a good fit for this particular movie.
He gives Sherlock a softer personality while still providing much of the arrogance and god-complex he’s loved/hated for.
Enola, unlike her brother, is more emotional, family-oriented and progressive. The movie has many scenes showing the limitations place on women had in that period and serves as a great girl-power flick, without being too cheesy.
The best quote from the movie is about this very issue and is said by the character Edith to Sherlock:
“Politics doesn’t interest you because you have no interest in changing a world that suits you so well.”Edith, played by Susan Wokoma, says this when Sherlock brushes off her lecture on the need for change.
One of the antagonists in the movie is the eldest Holmes, Mycroft, played by Sam Claflin (Finnick in “The Hunger Games” series).
Mycroft works in the government and is against change. Some of his quotes can arguably be compared to today’s politics or politicians.
“If there is one thing this country doesn’t need, it’s more uneducated voters.”
This quote shows that Mycroft would put more thought into restricting voters rather than educating them, thus preventing change.
Claflin plays Mycroft with such intense emotion, I wouldn’t be surprised if Brown didn’t need to do any acting in their scenes together.
The anger and tears in their arguments were something to be praised.
Although, the beginning half of the movie is mostly setting up characters and plots, it can be forgiven in being slow-moving due to its scenery.
The music, sets and costumes are beautifully done without looking too flashy.
Had the movie not had the name Holmes in it, viewers could still guess that they are watching a Holmes adventure. The upbeat violin is so familiar to those who have watched BBC’s “Sherlock” or Warner Brothers’ “Sherlock Holmes” (which is set to release a third movie in 2021).
The movie really starts picking up around the halfway point, where audiences find themselves hooked and ready for the ride that ensures the rest of the way. Some may think that may not make up for the first hour. However, rumors of a sequel have already started, and whether or not any loose ends were left by the end of the movie, it still set up many possibilities for future adventures.
These adventures can easily be original or taken from the books that the movie is based on, “The Enola Holmes Adventures” by Nancy Springer.
It is also exciting to think what direction they will take the movies. Will they get darker, like the “Harry Potter” series? Or will it stay light with some danger thrown in, like the “Nancy Drew” series?
Lastly, in recent years, movies have been getting better with casting actors who actually resemble the characters’ ages. No more 30-year-olds playing teenagers. This really helps with the acting because the emotion and energy feels completely natural. It also helps that the character is growing at the same rate as the actor, making it easier to relate.