Enola Holmes is undoubtedly going to become a beloved detective movie among children and adults alike. The recent Netflix release has already garnered fans and with good reason. Millie Bobby Brown takes the centre stage as Enola Holmes, the smart and witty sister of famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Set in 19th century London, the movie is based on the book of the same name by Nancy Springer. If you’re still on the fence about watching it, here are the 4 reasons why Enola Holmes should be the next movie on your watchlist.
1. Millie Bobby Brown a.k.a Enola Holmes
Millie Bobby Brown is nothing short of extraordinary as Enola Holmes. It is a delight to watch her on-screen, giving us a feminist role model to look up to. Enola Holmes has skills to rival her brother, the famous detective Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill). Even though Enola has two extremely reputed siblings, she never lets anyone outshine her. Since the film is set in Victorian-era London, it is a welcome breath of fresh air to see women portrayed as more than just classy housewives. Right from the start of the film, Enola has a penchant for skills other than ones which are taught to young women her age. This movie is one the way to become one of the best coming of age dramas to look out for.
The way Brown breaks the fourth wall in an engaging, yet fast-paced manner is going to keep you on your toes. In a way, Enola Holmes reminds you of Keira Knightley’s, Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. Although Enola does come off as a Jane Austen heroine at times, she is her own person. Her struggle to be an independent woman, like her mother is heartfelt and adds a dimension of emotion which is sometimes lacking in detective films.
2. The Feminists of Enola Holmes
While Enola is definitely a feminist role model to look up to, it is her mother Eudoria Holmes who is the true heroine of the film. Helena Bonham Carter brings life to Eudoria, a widowed single mother with the dreams of “a world that needs changing”. The film truly shows the audience the power and resistance of women to fight for their rights. While Edith (Susie Wokoma) quite literally “fights” for her rights, we also see the polar opposite Miss Harrison. Fiona Shaw plays the nightmarish Miss Harrison who is the headmistress of the finishing school where Enola is sent to become a “proper lady”. The director, Harry Bradbeer is successful in showcasing the numerous patriarchal innuendos through the women as well as the men. Sam Claflin plays Mycroft Holmes, the proud machositic brother of Enola.
The film’s central conflict lies between women rising against an extremely patriarchal society, something which is still relevant. Eudoria Holmes is nothing short of spectacular. She teaches her daughter everything from jujitsu to chess and even word games(which come in very handy). She is smart, witty and pushes boundaries, teaching her daughter the same. Even though, Eudoria leaves Enola all on her own her reasons are later revealed towards the end of the film. Enola on the other hand goes on an adventure to find her mother and comes across various people. One of whom is Edith, the badass jujitsu trainer/shop owner.
3. The Mind Racking Mysteries
While a person who hasn’t yet watched the movie might assume that the only mystery lies in the disappearance of Eudoria Holmes, the movie has more to offer. The film starts off with the disappearance of Eudoria Holmes but, it soon gives Enola, another mystery to solve. After Enola runs away from her beloved home, she boards a train. She soon chances upon Viscount Tewkesbury (Louis Patridge), a Lord who has also run away from home. However, the young Lord does not know about the danger awaiting him. Tewkesbury (as Enola calls him) is in danger of being killed by a man in a bowler hat. Seeing that the young man has no life-saving skills whatsoever, Enola helps him escape. However, she soon gets caught up in finding the real culprit behind the hitman.
Most of the mysteries look minor at first, but Enola solves them both before Sherlock comes to any conclusions whatsoever. Eudoria’s disappearance is easier to solve because of the clues left behind by her for Enola. But, Tewkesbury’s killer is harder to determine. The end is going to leave you shocked as Enola comes face to face with the one behind Tewkesbury’s hitman. Enola Holmes is not just a mystery movie for children. It is clever and entertaining, a little different from the other Sherlock movies/tv shows. But, it is a franchise waiting to happen.
4. The Romance
While detective movies and romance do go hand in hand, the romance in Enola Holmes in different. The teenage romance and chemistry between Enola and Tewkesbury is to die for. For some, it might seem off-putting and cliché, but once you watch it you understand why the romantic dynamic is important. It is obvious to have a crush on someone in your teens, especially someone like Tewkesbury who is progressive and is not averse to strong women. In fact, he looks up to strong women like Enola. The dynamic between the duo is a welcome surprise because Enola is never shown as a damsel in distress. It is in fact Enola, who time and time, again saves Tewkesbury from getting killed.
The best part about the cute, bubbly romance is the way both Enola and Tewkesbury are okay with their unconventional ideas and behaviour. Even if the two never have a committed romantic relationship, they have a healthy relationship. And, healthy relationships being shown in conventional cinema is very important to give young viewers a healthy idea of how relationships look like.