Enola Holmes

  • 03 Oct - 09 Oct, 2020
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Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) is not just a brain, the rest of her not mere appendix. Home-schooled by her widowed mother Eudoria (Helena Carter), she learns science, cryptography, tennis and everything to flourish as an independent woman in a Victorian England which scorned them. All of her lessons are put to practice when her mother suddenly disappears on the morning of her 16th birthday. Brothers Sherlock and Mycroft arrive to investigate but turn out to be typical authoritarians, shocked by Enola's unsophisticated ways. Enola is rattled by the idea of joining an assembly line of young ladies, whose body, mind and spirit are corseted into submission. So, she sneaks off to London to find her mother. Along the way, she gets involved in another missing-person mystery: of Viscount Tewksbury. This initially feels like a sub-investigation that weakens the intrigue of the preliminary. Mid-way through the film, it becomes clear the case of the missing mother will serve as the common thread for future mysteries. It will possibly remain a background investigation whose outcome may not be revealed until the end of the saga. The film sure updates the stories of Sherlock Holmes, without erasing their original identity. By the end, Enola is not only surviving but thriving in a world she shouldn’t be.