Enola Holmes

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Enola Holmes

23 Sep, 2020
English
2 hrs 3 mins
Adventure Crime Drama
Streaming on: Netflix
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Enola Holmes

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This ‘fish-out-of-water’ tale is instantly one of the most enjoyable action-comedy films of the year, and a welcome franchise in the making.
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Enola Holmes Review : Kick-starts a fun franchise

Story: When Mrs Holmes (Helena Bonham Carter) goes missing, Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) enrolls her brothers Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin) to look for their mother.

Review: Enola Holmes grows up with her mother, Eudoria Holmes (Helena Bonham Carter). Raising her daughter to be free-spirited and independent, Mrs Holmes homeschools Enola to ensure she’s a well-balanced teenager. But despite being close to each other, Eudoria is secretive. On her 16th birthday, Enola wakes up to discover her mother is missing. With the help of her two older brothers, Enola hopes to solve the puzzle of her sudden disappearance. Tucked away in their mansion, Enola is unkempt, unladylike, and seemingly ill-prepared to face the world. This puts her at loggerheads with her distinguished brothers, Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin), when Enola decides to take matters in her own hands.

Right out of the gate, director Harry Bradbeer wastes little time in setting the tone and pace of this adaptation by Nancy Springer. Enola is characterized as a fourth-wall-breaking, quick-witted and feisty young girl with just the right amount of quirk, played with infectious charm by Millie Bobby Brown. The young actress has the task of playing the lesser-known sister of, arguably, the most beloved private detective in literature. But Millie Bobby Brown proves she’s more than equipped. Throughout the film, her performance ensures Enola makes her mark beyond the shadow of her famous siblings. As the mystery shapes up, the older brothers employ contrasting strategies in their pursuit, reflecting their personalities. Sam Claflin gives Mycroft a grouchy and ill-tempered twist, while Henry Cavill spins his version of the enigmatic Sherlock. Cavill sports the emotionally challenged and perpetually aloof demeanor of the detective yet lends his own charisma to make this Sherlock undeniably affable. Helena Bonham Carter adds her firebrand flair as Enola’s mother.

Harry Bradbeer thoughtfully lays out and executes each scene with intent. He brings purpose to the action set-pieces as well as every dramatic exchange. This should also be credited to Jack Thorne’s taut screenplay, which ensures the fleshed-out characters are complemented by a sharp, quick-paced, and continuously engaging plot. As it unravels, the story reveals more compelling themes. Relevant to the Victorian Era as much as it does today, ‘Enola Holmes’ captures a changing world and the roles we choose to play in it. Bolstered by gorgeous production and vivid cinematography, this ‘fish-out-of-water’ tale is instantly one of the most enjoyable action-comedy films of the year, and a welcome franchise in the making.

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Our overall critic’s rating is not an average of the sub scores below.

Direction
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Screenplay:
4.0/5
Visual appeal:
4.0/5

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Saswati 56405 days ago

It is a complete story and worth watching. All actors are good and as a time piece it has done well.

SUBRATA 717314 days ago

HOPE to see Millie Bobby Brown again, Harry Bradbeer should to made a sequel to this unique production (script, scene continuity best).

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