In Review: Enola Holmes 2 (Netflix)

Fearless, fiercely independent, and ready to fight, Enola Holmes is now a detective for hire and ready to go head-to-head with her brother Sherlock. 

Synopsis: Fearless, fiercely independent, and ready to fight, Enola Holmes is now a detective for hire and ready to go head-to-head with her brother Sherlock.


The Story

Encouraged by the success of her first case. Enola Holmes has set up shop as a detective for hire, but it seems that the majority of people do not share the confidence that Enola has in her abilities. As she is about to shut up shop and give up the ghost a young girl asks Enola to take on a missing person case. As she begins to dig for clues to the whereabouts of Sarah Chapman who is a lowly match girl. She somehow manages to uncover a massive conspiracy, which sees her case crossing over with a big case that her brother Sherlock has been working on. A conspiracy that involves Sherlock Holme’s arch nemesis. 


The Acting

Millie Bobby Brown reprises her role as Enola Holmes and gets a chance to add a few more layers to the character. It’s obvious that the actor is having a load of fun with this role as she pretty much throws herself into every scene with an energy that is simply infectious. Henry Cavill returns as Sherlock Holmes and does a serviceable job with the role, but sadly doesn’t quite pull off the role as well as other actors have. Still, for this film series, it’s probably as well that Sherlock isn’t quite the full shilling that we get from actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch or Johnny Lee Miller. The movie is about Enola after all.

David Thewlis is delightfully vicious as Detective Inspector Grail who manages to arrest Enola at one point in the film when she finds herself at the scene of a murder, which the inspector has decided to frame her for. Hannah Dodd puts in a great performance as the missing girl Sarah Chapman who gets a bigger role than just being the missing girl.

Adding to the action and the fun is Helena Bonham Carter as Enola’s mother Eudoria Holmes who is as mad as a box of frogs but in the best possible way. And turning the menace up a few notches is Sharon Duncan-Brewster whose character has a delightful twist to her, which I had figured out given that her character name of Mira Troy is a rather obvious anagram.



This second film is a pretty good sequel that manages to build on the fun and adventure that we saw in the first film. I quite enjoyed the use of the Match Girls and their industrial action as part of the film’s storyline as well as the various references to the suffragette movement, which was in its very early days back then.


Enola Holmes 2 (Netflix)
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  • Acting
  • CGI & Stunts
  • Incidental Music

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