There are times when I really want to watch a movie with my not-so-modern family. It’s getting trickier every day to find one where my sister and I don’t have to interrupt it constantly. Enola Holmes is a family-friendly movie that provided me the break from typical romance that I needed. The 2020 mystery film is based on Nancy Springer’s “Enola Holmes.”
The Plot of Enola Holmes(2020)
Sherlock Holmes’s sister, Enola, was the youngest in their family. From a young age, Enola had a sharp mind and extraordinary observation skills. Her mother further honed her abilities by training her in chess, martial arts, and everything in between. Rather than learning to behave like a Victorian lady, Enola grew up as a free-spirited and strong girl who wouldn’t flinch in danger.
Enola’s mother disappeared on her 16th birthday, leaving Enola some gifts. Within a week, her older brothers Mycroft and Sherlock returned home. While Mycroft didn’t appreciate Enola’s wit, Sherlock was intrigued by it. Mycroft planned to send Enola to finishing school, but she deciphered a hidden message in her birthday card from their mother instead.
As per the clue, Enola left to search for her mother in London. Along the way, she met Viscount Tewkesbury, a young boy running away from home for different reasons. Linthorn attempted to kill Tewkesbury on their train ride and Enola helped him jump off to safety. They eventually parted ways and Enola disguised herself as a Victorian lady while searching for more clues about her mother’s involvement with a radical group. When Linthorn discovered Enola’s knowledge of Tewkesbury’s whereabouts, he threatened her life but she managed to escape without revealing anything.
Worried the young boy’s life was in danger, she went to his family as Sherlock Holmes’ personal assistant. However, the family dismissed her. Meanwhile, Mycroft appointed someone to look out for Enola. Enola found Tewkesbury working in a flower shop but was taken back home by an inspector while Tewkesbury fled as requested by Enola. Enola was sent back to school and her brother took away all her money to prevent further escape attempts. With Tewkesbury’s help, Enola escaped school and decided to confront Tewkesbury’s true enemy – his uncle according to her calculations.
Upon entering the house, they fought with an appointed killer only to discover that Tewkesbury’s grandmother was the true mastermind behind everything due to being strictly traditionalist and not wanting him to take his father’s place or vote for the reform bill.
Enola chose to continue her life as a private detective, living anonymously and away from her older siblings. Her mother surprised her with a visit to express how proud she was of Enola.
My Thoughts on Enola Holmes movie
I found myself on the edge of the couch while watching the movie. Henry Cavil as Sherlock Holmes almost killed me, in a good way! Millie Bobby Brown as Enola was the best casting decision. She molded herself perfectly into every guise, whether a young boy or Victorian lady. I hoped for more to the story of the young lord and Enola, but I’m content with how it ended and endless possibilities it leaves open. Needless to say, I loved Enola putting together puzzle pieces to find her mother on her own without looking up to anybody else.
All in all, I’d rate this movie 4 out of 5.
Fun Fact: Enola Holmes 2 will be releasing soon, November, 2022.
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