Review of “Enola Holmes”


Buffa, Dan, 2020, Channel 5 On Your Side, 10/1/2020

Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) tries to get a message sent to her mother through a London newspaper. She breaks the fourth wall to explain to the audience why she feels like the newspaper is the best way to communicate with her missing mother.

Enola Holmes, a Netflix original movie which premiered on September 23, 2020, tells the inspiring story of Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) and her search for her lost mother. Enola Holmes shares this courageous and fun story by using anagrams, fun cutaways, and breaking the fourth wall.
Her brothers, the famous Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill) and the lesser known Mycroft Holmes (Sam Claffin), try to help pick up the pieces of her life after her mother’s disappearance—however, Enola sets off to find her mother on her own. Along the way, a young Lord named Tewkesbury (Louis Partridge) befriends her. While Enola and Tewkesbury set out on a treacherous journey of trials and tribulations, Enola deduces that no one can choose her path but herself.
As Enola, Millie Bobby Brown, who you may know from another Netflix original Stranger Things, plays a convincing and genuine young girl struggling with the prenotion that in Victorian England young ladies should be seen and not heard and are only considered future housewives. She hates living in her successful brothers’ shadows and thinks that she is the only one who knows her mother well enough to find her.
I was extremely excited to see this movie. I loved mysteries as a kid, especially Sherlock Holmes movies, so when I heard there was a movie about a girl my age solving mysteries, I was astonished that a girl that was my age had so much courage to unconventionally be herself.

The story, created by screenwriter Jack Throne, encouraged the theme that nobody can decide someone else’s fate. Anyone who loves mysteries and exciting twists and turns will be enticed from beginning to the end.
This film has funny moments like when enola talks directly to the audience, amazing characters such as Edith, a friend of enola’s mother who gives Enola clues that might help her find her mother, and an empowering moral that people can learn from the film. However, as much as I loved the movie, it had cheesy moments that took away from the actual storyline. I give this story 3 horseshoes out of 5, but I recommend this movie to anyone looking for a lighthearted and exciting movie to watch on Netflix.