Enola Holmes – Review

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“Women are never to be entirely trusted — not the best of them,” said Sherlock Holmes in the novel The Sign of the Four (1890). It doesn’t take much research to conclude that Sherlock is not a defender of equality. How would it be, if he had a younger sister who inherited their mother’s feminine thoughts and was no less in terms of deduction than the famous detective? This interesting idea underlies Enola Holmes, who adapted the novel series The Enola Holmes Mysteries (to be precise the first book, The Case of the Missing Marquess) by Nancy Springer. Top Movie Site

As its name is the opposite of the word “alone”, Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) grew up alone, while his two brothers, Mycroft (Sam Claflin) and Sherlock (Henry Cavill) have made names in their respective careers. His eccentric mother, Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter), teaches Enola to live independently, equipping him with all knowledge, both knowledge from books and martial arts training. Until right on his 16th birthday, Enola found his mother missing.

Enola’s intention to find her mother met with obstacles when her two sisters came home, especially from Mycroft’s insistence on sending her to a personality school, so that Enola would become a “dignified woman” so that it would be easy to find a husband. What about Sherlock? Compared to the two most recent incarnations that the public is most familiar with (the version of Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch), Henry Cavill’s Sherlock tends to be warm, friendly, more open-minded about gender, and less-psychotic. Several times he defended, even helped Enola. Not the best Sherlock figure, with a simplified portrayal, but definitely the most suitable for the young adult film’s target market. Best Movie

The manuscript made by Jack Thorne (Wonder, The Secret Garden) contains the main formulas (read: clichédic) themed film empowerment from the mainstream: female protagonists who want to be free so they are considered wild, old-fashioned men who believe that women must be polite and respectful at the same time feminism is a form of madness, a female character who helps perpetuate this ancient mindset, to the seed of romance involving men who support gender equality. The man is a young Viscount Tewkesbury (Louis Partridge) who has run away from the house.

In addition to looking for his mother’s whereabouts, now Enola must also protect Tewkesbury from being chased by the killer (Burn Gorman) who was sent by whom. A story was created about the process of young women recognizing the harshness of the outside world, and having to struggle with applying everything their mothers taught. A family drama, a story of two women.

It’s a relief to see Millie Bobby Brown (also co-producer of this film) not trapped in the stereotype of her role on Stranger Things. His powerful appearance, intriguing as a character who often “breaks through the fourth wall”, is also convincing as a smart detective. Intelligence that is not only applicable in matters of solving mysteries, also enables him to turn the symbols of sexism into things that benefit him.

Enola’s journey of collecting clue pieces (mostly in the form of puns) is fun to follow, especially when Harry Bradbeer, making his directorial debut, applies some unique visual styles. Cheer up. At least in the first half, before the film loses its sense of urgency entering the middle of its duration. There were no surprises, and as time went on, the number of questions that aroused curiosity decreased. Enola managed to outperform everyone, be it male or female. But did he really solve the case? The answer is “no”. As a result, even though it presents a fun adventure as a potential franchise opener, Enola Holmes’s empowering elements are not very satisfying. Movie Review

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