Movie review: ‘Enola Holmes’ delights
Five out of Five Stars
By Julie Newell
The classic story of Sherlock Holmes takes an exciting new twist in the new Netflix original film, “Enola Holmes.”
Enola Holmes (played by Millie Bobby Brown) is the youngest Holmes child. She grew up with her mother, Eudoria, after her father died and her brothers, Mycroft (played by Sam Claflin) and Sherlock (played by Henry Cavill), left home.
Enola took after Sherlock in her intelligence and observation skills. And being raised by Eudoria, she was taught to be a strong, independent thinking woman.
On the day of her 16th birthday, Enola finds her mother has disappeared and left behind puzzles as a gift. Mycroft and Sherlock return home to figure out what is going on. They find the house in a state of chaos and Enola not as they had expected.
To avoid being sent off to a finishing school by Mycroft, Enola set out on her own to find her mother. Along the way, Enola encounters a young Viscount Tewkesbury (played by Louis Partridge) who finds himself running for not only his freedom, but his life.
Enola decides to help Tewkesbury, and solve the case of who is trying to kill him and why. At the same time, she is trying to find her mother and hide from her brothers.
This mystery film takes a unique perspective of the main character, Enola. Throughout the film she breaks the fourth wall by talking to us – the audience – and explains things as she goes along in her adventure.
I thought having Enola regularly breaking the fourth wall was humorous, fascinating and done very well. I have seen a few films where the character breaks the fourth wall and it becomes annoying at time, but not in this film.
I found this film to be full of action and humor that kept me interested from start to finish. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys comedy, mystery and adventure.