Movie Review: Enola Holmes May Solve Crime like Sherlock but She isn’t Really Mysterious


There is a new Holmes causing a ruckus in London and its not Sherlock. Surprised? It’s understandable, most Sherlock movies and TV Shows often refer to his brother Mycroft but never mentioned a sister.

Well, the story is that the youngest Holmes, Enola was raised by their mother, Eudoria and hasn’t been seen by her brothers in the last 10 years. That’s why you haven’t heard about her in the Sherlock Universe.

In reality, Enola Holmes is the latest addition to the Sherlock Holmes Family created by Nancy Springer in her book series The Enola Holmes Mysteries.

Sherlock is one of the most popular characters in literature and has been adapted from the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories by various artists for different types of shows over the last 100 year.

In its latest movie, Enola Holmes, Netflix tells the journey to freedom of the youngest Holmes, Enola played by Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown. Enola’s perfect bubbled life popped when her mother (Helena Bonham-Carter) went missen on her 16th birthday.

Her disappearance reunites her with her older brothers, the superstar detective Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Government agent Mycroft (Sam Claflin). However, when the brothers arrived they weren’t as interested in finding their mother as Enola was.

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Instead, Mycroft was angry that Enola hasn’t been going to school where she would, of course, learn things like proper posture that makes a good wife. While he made plans to send her to finishing, Enola came up with a plan to escape her brother and find her mother.

Directed by Harry Bradbeer, Enola Holmes covers the first book of the series that sees her investigating the disappearance of her mother while also running away from her brothers

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Using her knowledge in literature, history, science, code-breaking and combat, Enola embarks on a journey to find her missing mother, Eudoria.

Shortly after escaping home, she stumbles upon a runaway Viscount Tewksbury (Louis Partridge) who seems to have an assassin on his trail. After saving his life they both journey to London.

Enola’s journey to find her mother leads her to take on the first case as a detective – Finding the out who wanted to kill Viscount Tewksbury who, by the way, had a crush on her.

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Graced with Sherlocks skills of observation, recollection, and deduction, Enola soon realises that there is more to her mother’s disappearance than meets the eye.

While outpacing her brother, Enola overcomes and unravels each obstacle that comes in a fun and interesting way.

Spoiler alert!!! the final act sees Enola solve her first case. Please watch the movie to find out.

Movie Review: Enola Holmes May Solve Crime like Sherlock but She isn't Really Mysterious

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The only major turn off about the movie is that nobody ever seems to be in any real danger. Even when Enola was cornered by the assassin in a room full of explosives there wasn’t any real spark of dread and that made the whole story less of an adventure and more of a lark.

Also, the storyline was great but lacked the strong air of mystery Sherlock brings in along his adventure. For the most part of the movie, the only real mystery was surrounding Enola’s mother.

In spite of this, the movie still charms. It has already received positive reviews and has a 91% Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics praising Brown’s performance as Enola.

While no one’s going to forget or replace Sherlock Holmes, watching Enola Holmes is charming and exciting. She doesn’t try to feel like a Sherlock Holmes yet she’s as intelligent, intriguing and showcases investigative skills.

So if you are searching for a movie to relax with this weekend, Enola Holmes is a good choice. It promises a whole lot of laughs and excitement.

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