Enola Holmes is not only a fantastic adaptation of Nancy Springer’s YA series but an excellent film for the entire family. The film asks what if a liberal-leaning mother influenced the most infamous detective in the world, his older brother, and younger sister. Could the power of deduction and logic be an inherited trait? Director Harry Bradbeer gets the most out of Millie Bobby Brown, bringing to life a heroine that girls can undoubtedly relate to.
For those who are unaware of Bradbeer, he directed almost every episode of Phoebe-Waller Bridge’s Fleabag. That becomes apparent instantly as we see Enola directly addressing the camera in the opening sequence. While to some, it may come off as unoriginal, in this instance, it fits. Those asides give Brown’s character a bit of an edge.
Enola was born well after her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft (Henry Cavill and Sam Clafin) have grown up, and their father had passed away. Their mother, Eudora (Helena Bonham Carter), was left to raise young Enola by herself. Her mother taught Enola to think for herself well up until her 16th birthday when she vanished.
The brothers are summoned home and begin to search for their mother. Mycroft believes Enola should be in a finishing school while his free-thinking sister has other ideas. What starts as a well-planned escape lands her smack in the middle of a mystery involving Tewkesbury’s viscount and who sent someone to kill him.
The themes in the film of social reform are undoubtedly timely. Traditionalists will stop at nothing to keep things the way they were. The script is brisk and crafted with a younger-skewing audience in mind. Cavill and Clafin are solid in their respective roles, but it’s Mrs. Brown who steals the show. Her energy and wit brought life and energy to the film. Not only should this be the #1 movie when it releases, it likely will spawn a few sequels.