Enola Holmes gives us the wit of the Holmes we have come to love with a dash of personality that adds a refreshing flare and makes her shine on her own. This film is definitely a mystery-adventure that is worth the watch.
Sherlock Holmes and his cases have always been fascinating so when you discover that he has a younger sister who may very well follow in his tracks or even become a worthy foe, you know you want to see how it plays out. So we did just that! Thankfully, Enola Homes did not disappoint.
Enola is smart, tough and very independent. Raised by her mother to be all of those things and more, she is not like most other girls her age. Set in a time where women’s rights were few, if any, made who she was so much more admirable. Actually, women’s suffrage is a major plot point in the film and a vote about whether or not women should be allowed to vote lends to why everything is happening as it is. This stands true even with how she is being treated by their older brother, Mycroft, who treats her more as property as opposed to an individual.
Mycroft is her ward in their mother’s absence and he feels that she isn’t “lady like” enough to be able to get a husband. That is why he decides to send her off to a finishing school. He definitely sees her more as a liability and potential disgrace to his standing within society. As a woman who is a mom of teenage girl, his character was actually very infuriating but that just means that Sam Claflin did an amazing job with his character.
Even Sherlock’s lack of defending Enola plays in to that time period. Despite knowing that he cares for her and getting to see minor changes in their relationship as the film goes on, I question his motives. Is he doing it because he cares for her or because of the challenge in finding her? Maybe both? There is definitely a dynamic of pride mixed in with the thrill of beating her.
What sets Enola apart from Sherlock is that she is emotional, which is a trait that she was taught not to act on. While that can be misconstrued as a weakness, it is exactly what sets her apart and makes her stronger. Choosing to trust those emotions is what helps her stay true to herself in her path of self discovery, which is another theme in the film.
Enola Holmes definitely challenges the definition of what it means to be “lady like” during that time period and I love it! Seeing her fight (literally and figuratively) conforming to who the world thinks she should be was empowering. I am glad that my 14 year old daughter watched it with me.
Enola Holmes was fun, adventurous and full of mysteries. There are various stories happening at the same time; the search for Eudoria Holmes, the Tewkesbury mystery and the search for Enola Holmes so it keeps things exciting. However, one of the other story lines failed to be answered…why the need for explosives? There seemed to be no use for it, so I wonder what they left out of the film. Will that be a future story line or did they fail to see it through?
They did a great job with casting. Millie Bobby Brown excelled in her role as Enola and Henry Cavill truly personified the Sherlock Holmes we know and love. Well, you already know how I feel about Sam Claflin as Mycroft. The one character I would like to see more of in the future is, Eudoria Holmes played by Helena Bonham Carter. From what we saw she is too strong of a character to only have glimpses of throughout the film.
Is this movie worth the watch?
Absolutely! This new Netflix movie is based on the novels by the same name from Nancy Springer, so I hope that means there will be Enola Holmes movies in our future.
Is this movie appropriate for kids?
I think the older kids (12 and over) will be fine given that there are no bad words and they will be able to follow along with all that is going on. The only thing I can think of that may be an issue is some of the fight scenes, which are mild in compared to a lot of the other films out but can be a little much for younger kids.
About Enola Holmes
England, 1884 – a world on the brink of change. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) wakes to find that her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) has disappeared, leaving behind an odd assortment of gifts but no apparent clue as to where she’s gone or why. After a free-spirited childhood, Enola suddenly finds herself under the care of her brothers Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin), both set on sending her away to a finishing school for “proper” young ladies. Refusing to follow their wishes, Enola escapes to search for her mother in London. But when her journey finds her entangled in a mystery surrounding a young runaway Lord (Louis Partridge), Enola becomes a super-sleuth in her own right, outwitting her famous brother as she unravels a conspiracy that threatens to set back the course of history. Based on the beloved book series by Nancy Springer, Enola Holmes is a dynamic new mystery-adventure that introduces the world’s greatest detective to his fiercest competition yet: his teenage sister. The game is afoot.
Enola Holmes is now Netflix and is definitely worth the watch.