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Monday, 5 October 2020

Film Review: Enola Holmes

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The tale of infamous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes is one that has captivated the world since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first put pen to paper way back in the 1800s. Ever since, countless adaptations and spin-offs have been released, covering books, films, TV shows, events, and much more. It seems we can't get enough of Sherlock! 

However, Enola Holmes, the latest release to feature the great super-sleuth, leaves Sherlock as a supporting character. Instead, this film focuses on the adventures and exploits of one Enola Holmes - Sherlock's younger sister.

Enola Holmes tells the tale of teenage Enola's (Millie Bobby Brown) first forays into the world beyond the house where she grew up. When her beloved mother Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter) suddenly disappears overnight, Enola's life is turned upside down. Her brothers descend on the family home; Mycroft (Sam Claflin) wants to send Enola to a finishing school for young ladies, while Sherlock (Henry Cavill) is as enigmatic as ever. But for Enola, the biggest question is - where is her mother?

Determined to find her mother and restore the life they shared together, Enola puts her wits and skills to the test as she embarks on a journey into the unknown. Along the way, she encounters an unlikely friend in the form of the young Lord Tewkesbury (Louis Partridge). Together, the pair must escape danger, outwit Enola's brothers, and solve the biggest mystery of all to help Enola find her mother again.

The film is based on a series of books written by Nancy Springer, and it's interesting to see a different take on some of the classic characters we all know and love. Who would have guessed that even the famously aloof Sherlock seems to have a soft spot for his little sister! 

The movie showcases leading actress Millie Bobby Brown's impressive acting skills. Despite her young age, she brings depth and perspective to the character, alongside a fun streak which instantly endears her to the viewer. Similar to Five (Aidan Gallagher) in the Umbrella Academy, this is a young actress with talent a-plenty. The rest of the cast is similarly star-studded, resulting in excellent performances all around. 

Interestingly, the film takes no notice of the 'fourth wall', with Enola regularly addressing the audience and playing to the camera. This is a bit jarring at first, yet it helps the viewer become even more immersed in the story and also provides a valuable insight into Enola's inner thoughts - and deductions.

Packed with action and adventure, Enola Holmes is a great coming-of-age story sparkling with the freshness and originality that are sure to make it a big hit. I don't know about you, but I definitely have my fingers crossed for a sequel!

Have you seen the film? What did you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

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