Enola Holmes - movie review

Updated: Jan 19

The perfect Friday night movie, Enola Holmes, is here on Netflix. 


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This family movie revolves around Enola, the lesser known sister of the famous Holmes brothers Sherlock and Mycroft. The story revolves around Enola, played by Millie Bobbie Brown, who is searching for her missing mother Eudoria Holmes, played by Helena Bonham Carter. 

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As she is about to set out on the search for her mother enter her brothers Mycroft and Sherlock. With Mycroft now Enola's guardian, he decides to send her to a boarding school for ladies. Enola's mother teaches her self-defense instead of stitching leaving her to be 'unladylike' according to her brother. And a governess is sent for her which does not bode well with Enola who must now find a way to escape.

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Superman Henry Cavill takes on the role of the famous Detective Sherlock while his brother Mycroft is portrayed by Sam Claflin. The intrepid teen Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart her big brothers and help a young runaway Lord. With the help of clues left behind by her mother and the friends she finds along the way Enola tries to piece together the mysterious circumstances surrounding her mother's disappearance.

This PG-13 movie is based on the fictional books Enola Holmes Mysteries. The young adult fiction books are a series of detective novels by American author Nancy Springer, starring Enola Holmes as the 14-year-old sister of an already-famous Sherlock Holmes, twenty years her senior.


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The story is set in Victorian England and the movie accurately depicts the time period. From the costumes to the streets, everything is set in Victorian style which takes the viewers on a journey back in time.


Enola Holmes is directed by Harry Bradbeer who has also worked on award winning series such as Killing Eve and Ramy. The director does a great job brining together the stellar cast with their characters. 


Our only complaint, let Superman speak! Henry Cavill who plays Sherlock, an iconic character, has noticeably fewer lines and screen time than the rest of the characters, which was disappointing to say the least. 

Packed with witty dialogues and humorous family arguments, Enola Holmes makes for a weekend night fun watch. 


Ezal rating: 3/5

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