"Enola Holmes" (2020) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #66 Gem Mint 10.0


“Enola Holmes“ (2020)

Director: Harry Bradbeer

Writer: Jack Thorne (screenplay), Nancy Springer (book: "The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery")

Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter, Louis Partridge, Sam Claflin, Fiona Shaw, Burn Gorman, Susie Wokoma

Rated: PG-13 for some violence

Runtime: 2h 3min

Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama

Country: UK

Language: English


When Enola Holmes-Sherlock's teen sister-discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.


You might like this if you like: 'Sherlock Holmes', Millie Bobby Brown ("Stranger Things"), Henry Cavill ('Superman' in "Man of Steel' / Zack Snyder's 'Justice League'), Helena Bonham Carter, Mysteries, Adventures, Crime Films, Detective Stories, Period Films, Action Movies, Louis Partridge, Sam Claflin, Fiona Shaw, Burn Gorman, Susie Wokoma, 'Harry Potter' franchise perhaps


Millie Bobby Brown (left) & Helena Bonham Carter (right) in "Enola Holmes" (2020)


Being a moderate ‘Sherlock Holmes’ fan I think it’s safe to say Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill were the exciting ins for me. The trailer was also pretty damn good and made it look like a fun movie.


Millie Bobby Brown, fan of hers in "Stranger Things" of course, was an expected delight as always. I knew she had a singing background before her stardom and half expected a song to pop up but instead was pleasantly impressed with her insane stamina for stunts, action and fight choreography. For her size and age it was insanely fun to see her take down men twice her size and save the helpless mansel-in-distress (Louis Patridge).


Henry Cavill (left), Sam Claflin (middle) & Millie Bobby Brown (right) in "Enola Holmes" (2020)

I loved how restrained and just helpful Henry Cavill’s character was. It was just the right amount of Sherlock I needed without taking over the movie or showing off. Both the character as written and Henry Cavill made for a really great version of the character I thought. Complimented Millie Bobby Brown’s ‘Enola’ perfectly. Sam Claflin, who I had never seen before to my knowledge, looked insanely similar to Henry Cavill. Bravo to the casting director on that one. I kept mistaking him in scenes for Cavill multiple times. Helena Bonham Carter was terrific and in one of the most badass roles I’ve seen her in.


Just based off the name, premise and trailer I thought it was a fun modern twist on a classic character. It wasn’t until actually watching the film did I see how Enola tackled every movie/action/male hero trope around every corner. It was so refreshing. Only thinking of it now, I almost think of it as a kid’s version of ‘Deadpool’ but in the 'Sherlock' universe. Not as in the nose but has a similar vibe, 4th wall-like-breaking and self consciousness close to ‘Deadpool’s.


Millie Bobby Brown (left) & Helena Bonham Carter (right) in "Enola Holmes" (2020)


I loved how the film / Millie Bobby Brown balanced the talking to the camera element so well. I’m also not used to her getting so many lines! Just compared to “Stranger Things”. We also get to hear both hers and Henry Cavill’s lovely, original accents.


Millie Bobby Brown in "Enola Holmes" (2020)


It’s a beautiful and inspiring direction for films, especially mainstream action and females in film. I’ve seen a few that have tried similar things, some I love, some seem too forced, but “Enola Holmes” (2020) was able to do it in a way that gave me hope, respected and wanted more of. Millie Bobby Brown is truly an acting force of nature that I cannot wait to see where her career takes her. Hoping for more 'Enola Holmes' in the future!


Written by Sam Gall on 10/03/20


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


"Enola Holmes is the joy we needed from 2020." - Katey Stoetzel, The Young Folks


"The real strength of this movie is its characters. Watching Enola work through disguises and deductions is a pure joy, and seeing Sherlock trying to catch up to her and solve the same mystery is a refreshing change of pace." - Courtney Lanning, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


"Millie Bobby Brown is so great -- balancing her conspiratorial chats to camera with her spirited on-screen antics with flamboyant flair -- I loved it all." - Kate Rodger, Newshub (NZ)


"Enola Holmes is just plain fun, a charming and engaging adventure story anchored by a phenomenal performance from a rising star. It's a movie that the whole family can not only watch together, but genuinely enjoy together - a true rarity." - Allen Adams, The Maine Edge


Official Trailer:


Great behind the scenes b-roll showing off Millie Bobby Brown doing the majority of her stunts! Such a boss! Check it out:


Available on Netflix

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