“Enola Holmes” officially streamed in 2020 (same year Tenet came out) on Netflix. It received positive reviews from critics and streamers alike. Two Years Later, a sequel streamed also earning good reviews. Millie Bobby Brown will reprise her role as Eleven in the fifth and final season of “Stranger Things.” As a fan of the series, I wanna share my thoughts on her starring role as Sherlock’s sister. One more thing, Henry Cavill announced he will reprise his role as Superman in a possible stand-alone sequel to “Man of Steel.”
NOTE from 2023: On second thought, Henry won’t come back as Superman. James Gunn is rebooting the entire DC Universe starting with “Superman: Legacy.”
This review contains no crucial SPOILERS whatsoever. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article.
Smart & Dumb Qualities
Smart: Millie Bobby Brown did an excellent job for her performance as the titular character. She also co-produced the film. She’s one of the youngest actresses to produce a film.
Other Cast Members such as Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Fiona Shaw & Helena Bonham Carter all did a solid job for their respective performances. I know I pick on Henry a lot when I call him Emo Superman. I liked his performance in “Mission Impossible: Fallout.” Shame, he dropped out of The Witcher’s fourth season and got replaced by Liam Hemsworth. This is why we can’t have nice things.
Action Sequences are pretty good showcasing Enola’s combat skills.
British playwright, Jack Throne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, HBO’s His Dark Materials) wrote the script.
Cinematography is perfectly shot lacking technical flaws.
Visual Effects didn’t seem cheesy at all. Thank goodness Henry Cavill didn’t wear a mustache or else the effects team would’ve digitally removed it like Joss Whedon butchering Zack Snyder’s theatrical cut of “Justice League.”
Daniel Pemberton (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Birds of Prey, The Trial of the Chicago 7) orchestrated the soundtrack.
Enola often “Breaks the Fourth Wall.” Possibly alluding to Harry Bradbeer’s involvement directing “Fleabag.” Perhaps Millie’s a fan of the show.
Set Pieces and Costume Designs reflect the 1880s.
Character Development involving Enola. During her journey, she begins to follow her own path as a detective.
There’s no forced romance between Enola & Tewkesbury. Their chemistry felt natural.
Enola’s backstory is interesting. Like her brother, she’s got the brains and the brawn.
The Tone is lighthearted than Robert Downey Jr. & Benedict Cumberbatch’s versions of Sherlock. Similar to Sophia Lillis’ “Nancy Drew.”
At one point, Enola utters out, “Stars and garters.” A possible reference to Beast’s catchphrase from “X-Men.” “Oh, my stars and garters.”
I can’t tell you who the culprit is, you’re gonna have to see for yourself.
Upon first viewing, the film’s rewatchable for subtle clues regarding the villain.
The Ending contains no sequel bait nor a Post-Credits Scene.
Dumb: I couldn’t find nothing wrong. I’m giving the Cast and Crew an Extra Point for making a flawless film as possible.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
Although I never read the books, Enola Holmes is a surprisingly decent movie better than “Sherlock Gnomes.” If you’re a fan of the books or gearing up for Stranger Things’ final season, give Millie Bobby Brown’s movie a shot. I cannot wait for Stranger Things last season. I hope it doesn’t end up like “Game of Thrones.”