Netflix continues to prove why its platform is so successful. The OG streaming service manages to provide quality, original content that can compete with theatrical releases on a weekly basis. While “Enola Holmes” is not quite the at the level where it warrants a big screen release, it makes for the perfect, at-home movie night for the entire family to enjoy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left audiences hungry for high quality content that will hold them over until theaters are allowed to open. “Enola Holmes” is the perfect candidate to scratch this itch. The film focuses on the younger sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes (played by Henry Cavill) as she balances searching for her mother and helping a young lord with an important future. Millie Bobby Brown’s Enola leads the all-star cast on a whimsical journey through the social and political constructs of 19th century England.
The most important aspect of any good Holmes story (Sherlock or Enola) is the mystery. The story is surprisingly complicated. The filmmakers do not dumb down the story for younger viewers, which is greatly appreciated. If there is one critique to be given, however, it’s that the story has too many secondary characters. The main cast is extremely charismatic and fun to watch, but several characters leave little to no impression and could have used a little more development.
The main cast is exceptional. Bobby Brown’s Enola is the perfect leading lady for a story that tackles the politics of Feminism and the suffrage movement in a way that’s accessible for everyone. Cavill’s Sherlock also makes a strong impression. The famous detective is not sidelined at all and is given a robust character arc as a reluctant mentor to Enola.
If you’re looking to plan a family movie night, “Enola Holmes” is the perfect crowd-pleaser for even the pickiest of movie lovers.
Filmnetic Grade: A-