Enola Holmes 2: A witty detective mystery

The young, witty sister of Sherlock Holmes returns to the small screen

Anna Nix
22nd November 2022
Image Credit: Pixabay
The game is afoot for the second time. The stubborn and intelligent Enola Holmes has returned, and this time is solving her first official case as a detective.

The sequel picks up shortly after the end of the first movie. Enola has set up her detective agency and soon is presented with her first case. A case of a missing girl Sarah Chapman. The mostly stubborn Enola soon realizes that this case is not something she can do on her own and seeks help from the dashing Tewkesbury, her mother in hiding and her genius brother Sherlock.

The plot of the movie is loosely based on historical grounds of England in the year 1888. Enola slowly finds herself amid the Matchgirls’ strike and must solve the mystery behind a murder, a disappearance and how to dance the waltz.

As sequels do not always have the best reputation of doing well, I was slightly concerned about how this one would fare when compared to the first movie. I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised. Having watched the first Enola Holmes, the day before the second came out, just to refresh my memory, the second movie simply felt like a continuation of the first. Everything I had enjoyed in the first movie I found in the second as well. Were that the slightly awkward and amateur relationship between Enola and Tewkesbury or the portrayal of Sherlock Holmes by Henry Cavill, the movie delivered. I was only slightly disappointed to find that the last Holmes sibling, Mycroft, was missing this time. I hope we will get to see the chaotic duo of Mycroft and Sherlock once more.

I especially loved seeing the breaking of the 4th wall like in the first movie. That trick truly seems to be very inclusive of the audience and it can feel like parading in Enola’s private thoughts most of the time. I also enjoyed the women ensemble in this movie. There are many moments of girl power in the 2-hour movie, which are worth mentioning, but my favourite scene was the collaboration of Enola, her mom and Edith when they are up to some slightly illegal behaviour.

I appreciated the plot of the movie being nicely tangled together so that you simply had to watch the whole movie in one sitting and wait for the end for Enola, Sherlock and Tewkesbury to untangle everything for us.

Fans of the stories of Sherlock will be delighted when they watch this and find out that the movie features Baker Street, a surprising twist in Sherlock’s case and a credit scene worth waiting for.

Overall, I truly enjoyed the movie and believe it has lived up to the expectations of a sequel.

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