Review: Enola Holmes (12)

Arnojya Shree reviews Netflix's Enola Holmes

Arnojya Shree
28th September 2020
It's exciting, it's loving, it's sweet, and it never stops. I mean, at least that's what I was thinking to myself when I finished watching Enola Holmes. The trailer of the new Netflix original promised adventure and delivered a lot more than that.

The film stars Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes, the 16-year-old who steps out in the world to search for her mother, Eudoria Holmes, played by Helena Bonham Carter ('Harry Potter' series, Fight Club), and discovers her inherited talent of being a witty and charming detective. Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, The Witcher) is our very own Sherlock Holmes, who as the controversies have decided is portrayed as an emotional man in the film. For Sherlock, however, these emotional attachments only exist with Enola.

Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, Me Before You) plays Mycroft Holmes, the authoritarian elder brother. The latter never stops placing hurdles in Enola's life in an attempt to transform her into a suitable lady for Victorian England. The film follows Enola being on the run to connect back with her mother, dodge the problems caused by Mycroft and solve the mysterious case of the Lord Viscount Tewksbury played by Louis Partridge (Medici, Amazon Adventure).

The cinematography of a Victorian England is splendid as it plays around with bold shades

Directed by Harry Bradbeer, Enola Holmes is one of those Netflix originals which places your faith back in the franchise. The casting is at its brilliance wherein their limited screen times, the characters of Mycroft, Sherlock, and Eudoria leave the audience wanting for more. The narrative is filled with a myriad of dauntless tales, which manage to keep the attention up at all times, yet never distract from their protagonist. The cinematography of a Victorian England is splendid as it plays around with bold shades, putting Enola in the centre of the frame as the vibrant, peculiar bit of it.

Now for the best bit, the film stars Millie Bobby Brown as a 16-year-old, which serves as an excellent example for how amazing a film could turn out if the casting is appropriately done. Not only is Brown an icon for the younger generation but her role as Enola Holmes, a Victorian character with an independent, confident and brave attitude is the cherry on top. Enola is ideal for framing an empowered female model, especially in our times with a decisive and can-do attitude.

Quite easily, the cast warms the heart in presenting the unique attitudes of the Holmes family as it leaves us wanting for more. Here's to hoping we get to see more of Brown's Enola and Cavill's Sherlock in the near future - a beautiful sister-brother duo where the emotional dynamics only make the character of Sherlock more appealing than ever!

Rating: 4/5

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