Synopsis: When Enola Holmes-Sherlock’s teen sister-discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.
While most of us will have heard about the exploits of Sherlock Holmes. Very few relatively speaking will have learned about the adventures of his younger sister Enola Holmes, which is something that this movie puts right.
The story begins with Enola recapping recent events, which saw her mother leave on the eve of her sixteenth birthday. We start out with Enola trying to figure out why her mother would just up and leave, but before she is able to figure too much out she is interrupted by the arrival of her two older brothers Sherlock and Mycroft. Sherlock appears somewhat fond of his younger sister and more prepared to indulge her sense of discovery whereas Mycroft sees her as an inconvenience and as her Ward, he seeks to send her to a finishing school so he can marry her off. Enola is having none of it and having discovered a few secrets that her mother left for her. She sneaks out and gets on a train headed for London where she hopes to find out what her mother is up too. While traveling Enola meets up with young Lord Tewksbury who is apparently being hunted by a hired hitman called Linthorn. Enola spots the would-be assassin and helps Tewksbury escape.
As the story progresses. Enola uncovers a conspiracy to murder Tewksbury so as to prevent him from voting on a new reform bill that would eventually go on to help women take part in England’s democratic processes.
Millie Bobby Brown is perfect casting as Enola Holmes and embodies pretty much everything that you’d imagine the great Sherlock Holme’s sister to be. The scenes between Enola and her mother who is played brilliantly by Helena Bonham Carter are fantastic and do much to inform Enola’s character traits, which are very similar to those of her older Brother Sherlock who is played surprisingly well by Henry Cavill who wouldn’t have been my first choice for the role. Rounding out the Holmes family is Sam Claflin who is fantastic as the misogynistic and anti-progressive Mycroft.
Fans for ‘Torchwood’ will likely recognize Burn Gorman who is brilliant as the sneering hitman Linthorn who proves to be a thorn in Enola’s side throughout the movie.
Enola Holmes proves to be an entertaining movie that does a fantastic job of depicting the women’s movement as well as providing an entertaining story with some fantastic characters. Enola’s mother is very much the strong and eccentric woman that you can easily imagine being that person that would shape Sherlock and Enola Holmes into the two great detectives that they are. I loved the scenes where we see Mrs. Holmes training Enola and teaching her about history, ciphers, anagrams, chess, and martial arts and of course the type of critical thinking and deductive reasoning that Sherlock and now Enola Holmes are famous for.
The scenes we get between Enola and her brother Sherlock are also fun to watch as we see a brother and sister that very much appreciate each others talents. Sherlock is really only in the film to provide a mentor figure for Enola and gives her advice throughout the movie, but never takes any of the spotlights away from her. Cavill’s take on Sherlock is more understated than what we are used to seeing, but there is still a hint of the keen detective that we know and love within his portrayal.
Overall. This film is a great bit of escapism with some great characters and fun storylines. Hopefully, we will get to see more of Enola Holmes in years to come.
- CGI & Stunts9.6
- Incidental Music9.8