Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous fictional detectives in the world. Countless episodic accounts have been released about his sidekick characters. This new Netflix movie adapts one of these side events from the original Arthur Conan Doyle character – a youth adult series written by Nancy Springer. These books introduced us to two women in Sherlock’s life that his followers had never heard of before – his mother Eudoria and especially his younger sister Enola.
Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) was the younger sister of famous detective Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill) who was 20 years her senior. She only grew up with her mother Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter) around, who taught her many knowledge and skills that are essential to her development. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola wakes up to discover that her mother has left her alone, leaving nothing but a gift of codes and riddles, which Enola decides to be clues to her mother’s whereabouts.
Sherlock and older brother Mycroft (Sam Claflin) return home to help Enola after their mother’s disappearance. The brothers wanted to enroll his “uneducated” sister in the ending school of his girlfriend, Miss Harrison (Fiona Shaw) for girls. When she found out about this plan, Enola put on a boy’s clothes and headed to London to find her mother, too. On the train, I met the young Lord Tuxbury (Louis Partridge) who had also escaped from his home, and had a hitman wearing a bowler hat Lindhorne (Bern Gorman) on his tail.
With the spunky Millie Bobby Brown in the title role, this whole movie rode on her energetic and energetic portrayal of Enola Holmes and she has really given it all. This hero broke the fourth wall to tell the audience all her views and plans, something that will definitely appeal to her younger viewers a lot. The way Brown played, this early teenager turned out to be charming and fun even to stumbling viewers, even if she was extremely lucky. We rooted her along the way because she outgrows her arrogant brothers with her own style of espionage, and can one step ahead of her esteemed brother Sherlock.
This was a show aimed at youth, and it’s clear that humor and action are aimed at young adults. Of course, there was a tangible feminist vein behind the whole story, not only because of the indie streak of Enola, but also with Eudoria’s entire female group of political activists, including martial arts coach Edith (Susie Wokuma). Young viewers will find the interactions between Enola and Tewksbury attractive and entertaining.
I wish there were more scenes between Enola and Sherlock, but maybe they keep it for Part 2, which is what I’m definitely looking forward to.
This review was originally published in the blog of the author, “Farid Saeed”.