“I’d gladly watch an Enola Holmes sequel, but sadly this female-led film has left me feeling a bit underwhelmed”
I have just recently become a Sherlock Holmes fan thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the character in the acclaimed BBC miniseries, Sherlock. When I saw that one of Netflix’s newest original films, Enola Holmes, was about Sherlock’s inquisitive, detective little sister I made a point to watch it. And I’m glad I did.
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Enola Holmes is no masterpiece. In fact, it’s rather short of being something that I won’t forget. Millie Bobby Brown is engaging as the title character; her wit and charm keep you rooting for her as she weaves through every twist and turn of her personal adventure to find her missing mother. Of course, because this is a young girl we’re talking about, she runs into dashing young Lord Tewkesbury, a boy whose story occupies half of her storyline in the film and helps provide that sense of romance that you’ll find in most coming-of-age YA novels.
And of course, there’s no Holmes story without Sherlock or his brother Mycroft (however, there was no Watson which was a bit unfortunate) played by Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin. Claflin’s portrayal of Mycroft was more of an antagonistic type that left me often sneering or wishing someone would shave his ridiculous mustache off in the middle of the night. And then there’s Cavill’s Sherlock Holmes who is a far cry different than Robert Downey Jr‘s version or Cumberbatch’s intriguingly eccentric portrayal of the character. Holmes, in this story, is designed to be sort of an anchor between strong-headed Enola and frustrated Mycroft and boy does he fit the description with his broad-shouldered stance and his soothing deep voice that could lull you to sleep.
This is the Man-of-Steel version of Sherlock and I don’t know whether I like it or not. 😕 There was relatively a surprise or two in the story and the film was a bit more violent than I expected. I did nearly cry about three times while watching the movie (who knew these Holmes stories could be so emotional?!) but ultimately did not succumb to shedding any tears.
In summary, Enola Holmes is a good Netflix movie but it’s not something that I would particularly recommend if you think this film is going to be like Sherlock (which is a GREAT show btw, it’s one of my favorites!) This feminist take on the Sherlock Holmes legend is heartwarming but its mystery is a bit boring and the villain reveals left me less-than-excited. In fact, I was ultimately quite bored in the movie’s final fourteen minutes. Enola Holmes is cute and I’d gladly watch a sequel if Netflix would be so kind as to give us one, but once again a female-led film has left me feeling a bit underwhelmed. But I guess I can say it’s better than Ocean’s 8.
Enola Holmes is streaming on Netflix now!
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