Enola Holmes: A twist on the timeless mystery


Alivia Baker

Time travel back to a century in which a woman did not have all the rights she might today and witness the adventures of a young aspiring detective who breaks societal norms in the new film Enola Holmes.

Ryann Liddell, Writer

Since Oct. of 1892, the fictitious Sherlock Holmes has been known for his amazing intellect and ability to solve crimes. Up until now, he’s been the center of attention in almost every adaptation of the story. However, the new Netflix Original Film, Enola Holmes, takes a new approach to the age old story. This time, the spotlight is on his just as brilliant teenage sister, Enola (Millie Bobby Brown), the namesake of the film.

Enola Holmes focuses on how Enola uses her intelligence to travel to London and solve a mystery. One day the witty Enola Holmes wakes up to find herself completely deserted by her mother. This results in her two estranged brothers returning to investigate. Upon their arrival, she learns that her brother, Mycroft, has plans to send her off to a boarding school for girls. Not wanting to go, she runs away in search of her mother.

However, during her escape, she runs into the ever so charming Viscount Tewksbury (Louis Partridge) and learns he is also on the run from his family. But, after finding out that someone was sent to kill him, she learns that her mother’s disappearance may not be the only mystery to solve.

This is a really unique movie because the plot is not only interesting, but it is very easy to follow. Oftentimes, mystery movies can be hard to understand if you don’t know specific details about certain subjects. This movie masterfully ensures that its audience is up to speed. There are suspenseful moments that leave you biting your nails, but also comical moments that make you giggle. 

Additionally, the acting is outstanding. Enola’s essence is captured perfectly by Millie Bobby Brown. After playing the quiet, not as well informed Eleven on Stranger Things, it was really interesting to see her play a character that is so different. While he is no Benedict Cumberbatch, Henry Cavill does a decent job at playing Sherlock. Although he is funny and intelligent, he’s not quite as interesting as other portrayals of Sherlock.  Louis Partridge plays the role of Tewksbury very well, as he holds a charming character when playing the role. Not to mention, the chemistry between Brown and Partridge is on point, whether they’re arguing or sharing a laugh. 

I really enjoyed this movie as it was incredibly witty and fun. I felt like I could relate to the characters in some ways, especially because the two main characters are teenagers. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who likes interesting plot lines and amusing characters.

Despite some of the negative ratings, it is a good film that appeals to the rebellious nature of the audience. And, while it only got a 6.7/10 on IMDb, it got a 91% on rotten tomatoes, which shows that many people enjoyed it. 

All in all, Enola Holmes is an amazing film that’s fun to watch with friends, family, or even on your own. So, if you are looking for a good laugh or something to fill you with suspense, this is a good movie for you. 

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