DIRECTOR: Harry Bradbeer
PRODUCER: Millie Bobby Brown
ACTORS: Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Adeel Akhtar, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour, Louis Partridge, Susie Wokoma and Helena Bonham Carter
“Now, where to begin?”
Enola Holmes is a Netflix original based on the novel of the same name by Nancy Springer. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the distribution rights of the film which were originally devised to be given to Warner Bros. were given to Netflix.
Enola Holmes is the rebellious teen sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and Mycroft Holmes. Set in the Victorian era, the movie gives an insight into the life of a recalcitrant adolescent who finds it difficult to spend her life under the care of her brother Mycroft when she is abandoned by her wild spirited mother. All her life, Enola has thrived to be just like her mother who had taught her daughter to be different from the rest of the ladies of the time. Instead of teaching embroidery, knitting, or other lady-like activities, Eudoria Holmes taught her ward science and everything from chess to jujutsu.
Realizing Enola cannot allow herself to go to the ‘finishing school’, she absconds to find her mother in London. En route, she gains acquaintance with a peculiar runaway young lord, Viscount Lord Twekesbury the Marquess of Basil Weather. Twekesbury himself is on a run from his family. Although both escapees part ways after Enola saves Twekesbury’s life, it seems their fate is entangled to vouchsafe a bigger mystery that could change the future of burgeoning England.
The conversation with her elders makes the movie intriguing and enjoyable. Enola is unlike the other women from her time; she does not adorn herself with fancy gowns, gloves, or hats. She comes off as an unruly girl to her eldest brother. While Sherlock seems to appreciate the sharp-minded girl, Mycroft is astonished by her uncouth personality. He blames their mother for her unacceptable upbringing. Therefore he calls on the headmistress of a finishing school to groom his youngest sibling. Mycroft and Enola never seem to agree on anything and they both seek Sherlock’s support for their stand to which Sherlock replies in his deductive manner. Enola’s creative and ludicrous caricatures of Mycroft are gently insulting and hugely comical.
However, the scenes between Sherlock and Enola are the most riveting. They both are of the same mettle and Sherlock seems to recognize that. Enola Holmes is as much a sleuth as her elder brother; she even solves a case before him! The normal indifferent character of Sherlock seems to soften when his sister disappears. Although he does not incline to find his mother he does work on finding the whereabouts of his younger sibling. He helps her on her path to finding herself too.
Brown does a splendid job in doing justice to the character of Enola Holmes. The aside conversation of the young protagonist with the audience makes the movie a unique and exciting watch. You will find yourself eye-rolling with the heroine as she descends more into her jocular and mildly perilous adventure.
It is fast-paced and entertaining, amusing but still makes a strong political point. There is a subtlety of feminism and other reforming affairs but they do not form the main theme of the movie.