Enola Holmes is a refreshing take on the mythos of Sherlock and his family. Based on the books, Enola Holmes sees the youngest sibling in the Holmes family embark on a most personal case after their mother disappears. It’s not a groundbreaking concept, but its execution gives life to an unconventional and upbeat contribution to the Holmes catalogue.
Millie Bobby Brown is the clear star of this film. As the charming Enola Holmes, Brown shines as the energetic little sister set on solving the case, and in doing so, opening herself up to the world before her, proving to her brothers and viewers that there is a place for this energetic, practical thinking, most “unladylike” woman. Brown’s portrayal of Enola Holmes was both refreshing and charming.
So, where does the legendary detective fit in this story? Cavill’s take on the legendary Sherlock Holmes diverges from the cold, calculated demeanour we’re so used to seeing. This iteration is without a doubt the most emotionally conscious Sherlock to have graced the screen, which is quite refreshing and fitting for the tone of this film. It might be Cavill himself, but Sherlock is quite the charmer.
However, we cannot forget about Mycroft, who, in some ways, serves as the antagonist of the film, out to thwart Enola’s search for their mother and turn her into a civilized lady. Failing to understand or embrace Enola’s eccentricities, Mycroft is a thorn in Enola’s side, determined to school her in the art of being a lady. Sam Claflin is brilliantly unlikeable in this role, and the dynamic between him and Cavill’s Sherlock is a highlight. The chemistry between both actors is palpable demonstrating their detachment by personality, but acceptance as brothers.
Many may write this film off as unremarkable or lacking in substance but, in a world that’s even more confusing than usual, Enola Holmes succeeds in providing a feel-good escape from the woes of the world and is a brilliant introduction to what can be a highly entertaining franchise.