Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Netflix Picks: Enola Holmes

Who has not heard of Sherlock Holmes, the famous fictional detective? I have never read any of the books, but I am familiar with him. One person that I was not familiar with was his sister, Enola. I did not realize that there were also books about this young woman who is depicted to be just as good a detective as her older brother. The film starring Millie Bobby Brown playing the titular character Enola Holmes was my first introduction to the rest of the Holmes family, and it was a very entertaining thing to watch!

From what I have read online this movie was supposed to be shown in the cinemas but switched to Netflix because of the COVID 19 pandemic. It was a smart move that resulted in it being one of the most successful films on Netflix to date. So much so that there have been rumors of Netflix looking into possibly more Enola Holmes movies and Sherlock Holmes films featuring Henry Cavill, who gave a memorable and different spin to the character.

In the movie, Enola is portrayed as a young, home-schooled girl whose mother suddenly disappears on her birthday. Her brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft, visit their home to find out what happened and discover that she has been living in what was deemed as less than ideal conditions for a young woman of her age. Mycroft, being the oldest, deems Enola as his ward and decides to send her a finishing school, something that she refuses to do because their mother is missing. She decides to run away and find their mother herself, resulting in an adventure that involves a young Viscount named Tewkesbury.

In Enola’s journey, we discover an independent and smart girl whose mother had taught her well despite not being formally educated. She discovers her mother’s plans and later, finds the somewhat related reason why there was someone who was trying to kill Tewkesbury, beating her own brother Sherlock to the solution of that mystery. 

I liked Milly Bobby Brown’s portrayal of Enola, and I loved her chemistry with both Sam Claflin and Henry Cavill, who played Mycroft and Sherlock, respectively. They really could pass as siblings. It was a bit weird seeing Sam Claflin in a role like this, but he played the uptight sibling so well to the point of being funny. Henry Cavill, on the other hand, was the man of few words as Sherlock. I enjoyed the fact that he could portray someone who we all have a picture in our heads of who he should be and turn it around into someone new. It was not troubling for me to see a different Sherlock for a change. If it is true that there is a possibility of Sherlock movies on Netflix with him in it, I would love to see them!

Louis Partridge, who played Viscount Tewkesbury, was such a handsome guy who played off well with Brown’s character. He seems to be a newcomer, but he carried himself well in the movie with the various actors that he had scenes with. He is a very handsome young man, and I am aware that many young girls his age have taken notice of him in the same way that many older women are now enamored with Lucas Bravo from Emily in Paris. Netflix is suddenly making a habit of introducing fresh and handsome faces on their movies and series...I like it! Keep them coming!

I hope that they will make good on their word of making a sequel to this movie. I enjoyed the vibe of this movie: the pacing, the actors, and the storyline that provides room for more adventures in the future. I would love to see more of Enola Holmes again. Anyone who watched this movie probably would!


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