I don’t know about you, but I have heard so much about the new Netflix film, Enola Holmes, over the past few months.
As someone who is a fan of both Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill, it’s no surprise that my social media feed has been filled with ads for this movie. But, despite that, I haven’t seen many people talk about it since it’s release.
I didn’t know if this was due to the movie being terrible or if it was too boring for people to finish. I mean when you have two actors who have played legendary roles in sci-fi and fantasy genres, it’s hard to picture them in something else – especially something that looks like a fun-filled family mystery.
So, I decided to take a closer look at this movie myself and here’s what I’ve come up with.
Upon hearing about this new movie, I knew it sounded familiar but I didn’t really know why until recently.
The Netflix film is based on a series of YA (young adult) books under the same name. The series follows Enola Holmes as she ventures out from her private country home into the real world, on the quest to find her beloved mother (who is played by Helena Bonham Carter, btw).
If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes (or heard about what a wonderful detective he is), then I’m sure you can guess that his little sister has also inherited a gift for solving mysteries. With six books documenting her adventures, I can’t believe I haven’t read it.
If the film directors depicted this teenage heroine just as the author, Nancy Springer, originally did, then I am sure that any girl would love to be more like Enola Holmes. From her cunning wit to her kickass moves, Enola is certainly a female protagonist I can get behind.
When you watch the trailer for the first time, you can’t help but recognize the many faces on the screen. From the guy who killed it as Superman to the woman we remember from all of those Tim Burton movies, there is no denying that they pulled in some big time actors for this movie.
A lot of times, I notice that a lot of bad movies score big time actors in order to make up for the fact that the movie sucks. Especially in the past few years, it seems.
This was my worry going into the film. I mean, even most of the side characters seemed to have a role in a popular TV show or movie at some point.
But, after watching the movie myself, I can confidently say that this wasn’t the case. In fact, I think that all of the actors (yes, even down to the maid) did such an excellent job. I dare say that their participation even made the movie that much more enjoyable.
Every actor who played a role in this movie just seemed to give it their all during this film and really dedicated themselves to their character. Even the way the cast interacts with each other during interviews shows that they obviously were getting along.
I think the only character out of the movie that I had a problem with was, well…Mycroft.
I know what you are going to say. That he is supposed to be depicted as one of the “villains” in the story. That his character is misogynistic and selfish and is supposed to be disliked by the audience…
But, you see, my problem with Mycroft isn’t that I dislike him but that I don’t really know much about him.
I know it’s strange for someone to be wanting to know more about a villain, but that’s just how I am. I especially found it weird that we learned so much about Sherlock but nothing about Enola’s other brother, Mycroft.
I get it – it saves time and probably was a good idea to keep out unnecessary detail. But, I mean we learn nothing about his character. Like, at all.
Other than he is set in his ways and wishes for Enola to become a “proper woman”, Mycroft was the mystery that done me in for this movie.
I kept wondering things about him like, how does he know the best policemen in London? Does he live there? What is his job? Was his childhood a lot more rough than Enola’s and Sherlock’s? Did he take more after his father than his mother? Did he and his mother have a disagreement about Enola at some point?
The list goes on and on and on…
I’m sure in the book we find a lot more about Mycroft but I wish that he wasn’t such a mystery in this movie. Or that I at least knew what the man did for a living. I mean, come on! Sherlock gets a whole introduction meanwhile Mycroft is just standing there combing his silly mustache.
But, I’m losing my train of thought again. Let’s move on.
If you don’t know exactly what “breaking the fourth wall” is, then just picture Dora turning towards the TV to ask you where something is or when Jim from The Office looks you knowingly through the screen.
In Enola Homes, this was used, I think, to the movie’s benefit but also a bit of a disadvantage as well.
As someone who hates fourth wall breaks, I just want to go out of the way to say that it takes a certain type of actor to pull it off. Millie certainly pulled it off. She was graceful and it really seemed as though she was talking to someone.
I thought the breaks showed us a bit more of Enola’s personality than we would have originally gotten if it had been left out. Even Henry Cavill complimented her in one of their interviews about the movie.
Now, you are probably wondering why I think this aspect of movie hurt it? Well, let’s say that just like in Dora, some of the walls could have been left standing.
Though Millie’s acting was charming, and the breaks even brought me a laugh or two – I found myself getting bored of it, quickly. I wish they hadn’t put so many in and I wonder what could have been added or kept in to fill the two seconds it took for Enola to tell us more about her mother or how she was feeling.
*cough, cough* Mycroft *cough, cough*
Anyways, I do believe that while the acting pulled it off and even got me to like fourth wall breaks a little bit, having it done over and over made me get frustrated a bit.
Despite the few problem I do have with this movie, there is no denying the enjoyment I felt watching this film.
If you enjoy stories like The Great Mouse Detective or The Baby-Sitters Club, then I am sure you will love Enola Holmes just as much.
I absolutely adored this movie and really can’t wait to read the book. I am curious to see what other adventures Enola goes on and if Sherlock ever catches up with her. If they decide to make a sequel to this movie (which I really hope they do) then you are damn sure that I’ll be awaiting it’s arrival with a warm cup of coffee.
If you’ve seen this movie or read the book, be sure to tell me what you thought of it in the comments below. Did you like the story? Hate it? Got annoyed with the excessive amounts of walls being broken like I did?
I’ll be happy to hear your thoughts on the movie. But for now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go get a refill.