Enola Holmes Review: Millie Bobby Brown breaks stereotypes in her production debut with ‘Enola Holmes’
Feisty, formidable, resolute, and far ahead-of-time – a woman that would bring about a change in the world – is the kind that is looked up to today, unlike back in the 1800s when it was almost a cultural shock to witness one like her. Enola Holmes movie, on Netflix, gives you a ride to witness a born-enigma back in time.
- Enola Holmes Review: how it touches the path to the 19th-century Suffrage movement.
- The movie is Millie Bobby Brown’s production debut.
- It is a respite from the regular stereotypical Sherlock.
Nancy Springer brings shock and pleasure blended in one
Adapted from the first instalment – The Case of the Missing Marquess – of Nancy Springer’s six-book series ‘Enola Holmes’, Enola Holmes on Netflix is light and breezy, while it holds on to its idea of feminism and portrayal of women’s suffrage just as strongly. The movie stands foundation to a potential Netflix original franchise bringing to the screens the woman sleuth that is at par with her equally gifted and popular detective brother Sherlock Holmes.
Directed by Harry Bradbeer, Enola Holmes movie breaks the fourth wall with the socially awkward character of Enola – throwing looks at the audience and speaking to them – and reminds us of the much-lauded Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s approach for the groundbreaking ‘Fleabag’.
Enola is bred by a quintessential feminist for a mother
Enola (played by Millie Bobby Brown) is an exception in the 19th century England; a girl on the cusp of womanhood, who doesn’t embroider, wear hats and gloves or live according to the fashionable idea of how an English woman is supposed to be. She enjoys a good bout of Jujutsu with her mother
While she’s busy plotting the plan, she leaves Enola on her 16th birthday, after having taught her to make her own future and follow her own path.
Enola’s two brothers – Mycroft, a government official, and Sherlock, a consulting detective, return to the estate after years and end up playing guardian for Enola after they learn of their mother’s escape.
The future is up to us
But Enola must find her mother, alone. The brilliant and imaginative Enola deciphers a series of messages left by her mother and embarks on a journey to London to find her. On her way, she comes across a runaway long-haired boy who claims to be Viscount Tewksbury, Marquess of Basilweather, portrayed by Louis Patridge. She rescues him from a hitman and goes separate way, only to realise that both of them were on the run from their families. While Viscount Tewksbury is running to save his life, Enola is running to save herself from a life she doesn’t want – courtesy of her elder brother Mycroft, who aims “to undo the injury wielded by their mom” by sending Enola to a finishing school, in order to make a woman of her.
Enola Holmes movie is a respite from the usual Sherlock’s character in that it presents one with a breezy attitude and a smile on his face. He is playful and proud of his little sister’s achievements. Enola is an equally witty and charming match for Sherlock and that is clearly evident during the scenes where he recognises her wit unlike the stooge that Mycroft is. Furthermore, the movie touches upon the path taken towards Great Britain’s Representation of the People Act 1884 and unabashedly propagates gender equality for a reformed world. It blends its narrative with the state of affairs, while the screenplay written by Jack Thorne, who wrote the stage play for ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Baby’ does its job of giving it just the right amount of Victorian demeanour.
‘Enola Holmes’ will make you giddy and resolute, all at once. The recurrent theme of feminism makes it a coming-of-age production by Millie Bobby Brown herself. A delightful beginning to what will possibly be a series laden with mystery, ‘Enola Holmes’ should make you sit with your cup of tea, determined to witness its mystery unravel.
This was our take while we review Enola Holmes. Comment below what you think of the brand new Sherlock avatar and Millie Bobby Brown’s brilliant new production.