Movie Review: Enola Holmes


The Holmes family is back with another movie, “Enola Holmes” The film is about the youngest family member of the Holmes and sister of the famous Sherlock Holmes, Enola.

Emma Perron, Photojournalist

With only about five hours of school and about two hours of homework, there is a lot of free time. One way to spend free time is binge-watching movies. Films haven’t been coming out as much because of COVID-19, and productions have been set back. However, Netflix wanted to produce a film after about six months of quarantine. The famous show Stranger Things has been on pause, but Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) appears in “Enola Holmes.” A Netflix Original that came out on September 23, 2020, directed by Harry Bradbeer.


“Enola Holmes” is a PG-13 rated movie, that is both thrilling yet suspenseful. Throughout the movie, the watcher is on the edge of the seat, waiting for the next unexpected turn of events, but there is still a powerful message that relates to life. 


Enola Holmes was not always a part of the Holmes family. In 2006, Nancy Springer wrote a book about Enola Holmes, and since then, Enola has been a part of the Holmes family. Nancy wrote “The Case of the Missing Marquess,” which then Netflix adapted and turned a film into a reality


“Enola Holmes” is set in England in the year 1884. The movie starts with Enola riding a bike on a grass hill and falling onto her face. She says that “cycling is not one of my core strengths,” at this point, the watcher wants to know more about her personality. Additionally, in the film, Enola repeats time over time that her name spelled backward is alone.


Enola’s mom, Eudoria Holmes (Helena Bonhamn Carter), homeschooled Enola and taught her everything she needed to know from science to self-defense. Eudoria is a strong-minded, independent woman, and Enola inherited those character traits. 


Enola Holmes woke up on her 16th birthday to find her mother missing. Enola sends a message to Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft Holmes (Sam Claflin). Enola finds herself under the care of her older brothers. Her brothers come to take care of her and send her to finishing school to be a proper lady, but Enola wants nothing to do with being a lady. She is more interested in being a detective and solving mysteries. 


As her brothers are sleeping, Enola sneaks out of the house on a quest to find her mother. On her journey, she finds clues left from her mother, which helps Enola find her. At the beginning of the investigation to search for her mother, she finds a boy named Tewksbury (Louis Partridge), who is out to be killed. They traveled to a different part of London together and then made their separate ways. When making her way through London, she faces challenges and mysteries to solve. 


The director knew many people did not realize Sherlock had a younger sister. Bradbeer wanted to produce a movie about the Holmes family, but not Sherlock. Freshman, Sarah Richey (9) says that “It was interesting to see Enola Holmes’ life since we only ever hear about Sherlock.” 


The director wanted the world to recognize that the Holmes family is not all about Sherlock and that Enola Holmes is a smart and powerful woman. 


Millie Bobby Brown said in Radio Times Magazine, “Enola is Sherlock Holmes’s little sister, but I want to change that and make her famous; I’d like Sherlock to be known as Enola Holmes’s big brother.” 


I feel every person who can watch the film should. The film shows that girls can do everything a guy can. Millie Bobby Brown showcased her role well, and she took on the reasonability of showing how good a woman can be. Enola, in the film, outsmarted her brother Sherlock and proved herself a worthy detective. By the end of the movie, Enola finds her true self and realizes that even though her name spelled backward is alone; she doesn’t need to be lonely.