• Katherine J. Espin

Enola Holmes Movie Review

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

Weeks before the Movie's release on Netflix, September 23rd, many posters covered the wall of buildings around L.A. The cast alone would be enough to get me intrigued. With actors such as Millie Bobby Brown, Louis Partridge, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, and the amazing Helena Bonham Carter. Since then, I could not wait for the movie's release.

When the movie finally came out of Netflix it became part of the Top 10 most watched. Not gonna lie, I thought it was a series of episodes. At one point, I was surprised how long the "episode"was, and when I saw that it was in fact a full length movie, I became even more excited.

From the trailer, you know that it follows the adventure of Enola Homes, who ends up being Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes' younger sister. We see that unlike many young English girls who receive a proper upbringing and are instructed from a young age the importance of acting like a lady, Eudoria Holmes (Enola's mother), believes otherwise. She brings up and educates Enola Holmes in the strategic, curious, adventurous and intellectual way that Sherlock was brought up. She learns and obtains the skills she needs for the ultimate mystery, to find her missing mother. Only problem, she is fourteen years old, has never faced the real world before, and meets quite the important person along the way, that only gets her into even more trouble.

Thanks to director Harry Bradbeer, the movie captivated my attention from beginning to end. I loved the style, from the graphics, her breaking the fourth wall and speaking to the audience from time to time, and the speed of adventure they were able to accomplish throughout the film. When I realized in the beginning the upbeat and almost adrenaline-like pace the movie presented, I wasn't sure if it was going to be able to continue that all through to the end, but it surprisingly did. I so enjoy a movie that I cannot predict as much. There were moments that I would wonder what would happen next, and would surprise me with some of the plot twists in had in store. The plot, the message and the characters were well written and developed. The casting for the characters was wonderfully done. I believed they were a family and didn't question it for a second.

To produce a movie and make it come to life in the late 19th century, in the year 1884, to be exact, is quite expensive. The industrial feel of England at the time affected the look of the city with a gloomy and gray look. The way they dressed the set, the green screen around the train for the exterior landscape, the wear n' tear of the furniture and indoor sets really helped add to the overall quality of the movie. The tree house has got to be one of my favorites. Loved the costuming as well. I was amazed at all that Millie Bobby Brown could do in the dresses she wore. I have worn a corset before, and let me tell you, it is not comfortable nor easy, especially if you are Enola and have to fight bad guys who want to kill you.

Watching this Behind the scenes video from Netflix Film Club, helps you see the stunt choreography and how each captured fight sequence comes into play. Millie had a stunt double for most of the fight sequences, but she did some of the stunts herself. It's incredible the amount of work ethic and discipline in takes to makes sure you know the fight choreography for those epic scenes we enjoy so much. The training for them is extremely important, not only to make sure the shoot for it is fantastic, but also for the safety of one's own body and the other actors involved.

The acting for the movie was beyond what I expected. The family relationship was believable and the small detailed behaviors tied not only to this intrinsic family, but also to the society they live in, were much appreciated. I loved the smart quips from each of the siblings towards each other. The relationship between Henry Cavill's Sherlock Holmes and Sam Claflin's Mycroft Holmes, was so fun to watch. Their different point of views on life and how Enola should be brought up are made quite clear throughout the movie. I also loved the relationship that both Millie and Louis formed from the moment their characters met to the very last moments of the film. The scene that broke my heart the most was at the palace at night when...well...I won't say anymore. Although Elena Bonham Carter's parts throughout the movie were scattered, they were still captivating. Her relationship with Millie as her daughter, was believable from the start, and even though there were times it was hard to forgive her for what she did, we still felt that there was an overall purpose and reason for her doing so. I hope you get the opportunity to witness the amazing performances from all these wonderful actors.

Word for a sequel and more adventures with Enola Holmes have surfaced after the movie's great success. Since the movie was based of off the Enola Holmes Mysteries Book Series by Nancy Springer, I would not be surprised if this were to happen. There are more adventures Enola has left to share, and I will be waiting to see them all.

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