Enola Holmes

Enola, younger sister of Mycroft and Sherlock, has been raised by their mother to be a rather unconventional sort of girl. When her mother mysteriously disappears from home, Mycroft’s wish to send Enola to a finishing school prompts her to flee home and find her mother.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Good

  • It’s easy to watch. Just light-hearted fun in general.
  • Henry Cavill’s Sherlock has a very small role but he manages to be interesting. It’s certainly a different take on Sherlock – a younger and slightly nicer Sherlock, while still retaining some Sherlock-ian aloofness. He really doesn’t look like the stereotypical Sherlock Holmes but I don’t really mind the change in this case since the story isn’t pretending to be a serious Sherlock adaptation.
  • Generally “pretty” to look at. Brightly coloured for the most part, as opposed to gloomy or serious.
  • Young Viscount Tewkesbury was not an entirely useless plot point. My first impression was that he was just an inversion of the damsel-in-distress trope and he would be a silly, helpless guy. But he turned out to have his uses, although he was still “in distress.”

The Bad

  • It didn’t feel like there was much of a mystery. Enola did do a bit of sleuthing but it was more related to Tewkesbury than it was to her mother.
  • The disappearance of Enola’s mother, Eudoria, was the catalyst for Enola meeting Tewkesbury and getting involved in that mystery, but I wonder if it would have been better to have split the stories instead. The mother storyline was unsatisfactory.
  • Eudoria annoyed me because her actions were illogical. Disappearing on her family and household but leaving mysterious clues for Enola? What was the point? If she wanted Enola to follow her, she should have just taken her along in the first place. If she didn’t want Enola to follow her, then she should have just left a semi-explanatory note and also informed the housekeeper and her two sons that she had to go do something but would be back soon and please take care of Enola in the meantime. Her disappearance and her actions at the end (which suggest that she’s going to continue her suffragette work and leave Enola on her own) made no sense to me. She’s not much of a mother…

The Neither Here Nor There

  • I didn’t really like the depiction of Mycroft here but that’s not Sam Claflin’s fault. It’s all in the story, which makes him out to be less intelligent than his siblings and jealous of them because of it. He came across as well-meaning, but also just mean. It’s not wrong to portray Mycroft that way because well, it isn’t like the original Sherlock and Mycroft had a sister in the first place so this story was taking liberties from the outset. It was simply not very fun to watch him be that way.
  • Was not fond of the fourth-wall-breaking. Enola talked to the audience quite a lot. It wasn’t horrible, but I also didn’t think it added anything to the movie.
  • The ending was just okay. It sets up Enola to be independent but it failed to make me curious enough to want a sequel, which is probably inevitable. Perhaps it’s because Enola is too young a character for me, a thirty-five-year-old, to find very relatable.

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