Millie Bobby Brown plays the titular role in Harry Bradbeer’s latest movie, Enola Holmes. Can she live up to the hype?
We watch as Enola Holmes, sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes embarks on an adventure to find her missing mother (Helena Bonham-Carter), armed only with the seemingly unladylike skills her beloved parent taught her.
On her travels Enola encounters a young Viscount who is also on the run. Unable to leave such a vulnerable person to fend for themselves Enola steps into help, much to her detriment. The intrepid team uses her sleuthing to outsmart her big brother Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and politician Mycroft (Sam Claflin).
Viscount Tewkesbury (Louis Partidge) turns out to be as useless as Enola first thought, and in fact he starts to grow on her. Something she isn’t used to experiencing having spent all her life in the company of her mother.
Enola is the young heroine we need to inspire the next generation. PartAusten heroine, part feminist, she isn’t shackled by the limitations placed upon women at the time, and uses that to her advantage to outwit her foes and Tewkesbury’s foes. As her mother says “You have to make some noise, if you want to be heard.”
The movie is set during the months leading to the Representation of the People Act of 1884, which extended the vote to 60% of all men and laid the foundation for women’s suffrage.
The young Viscount is far more worldly than her and together they make a force to be reckoned with. Can they stay ahead of everyone that is against them, and avoid the grips of Enola’s strict brothers? Only time will tell.
Enola Holmes is a charming coming-of-age comedy that the family will enjoy. We could all do with a bit of escapism right now and this movie provides just that. The fast-paced feature is as clever as it is entertaining. Stranger Things star Brown will no doubt gain more followers thanks to her role.
My criticism is that the movie starts off with a bang, continues will full force and then loses focus and momentum towards the end.
By Ruth Barrett
Available to stream on Netflix