Review: Enola Holmes on Netflix

Want to watch something that's a lot of fun? Try Netflix's Enola Holmes.

Millie Bobby Brown, one of the ensemble cast members of Stranger Things, and Netflix have struck gold with this movie.

The movie is based on The Case of the Missing Marquess, the first book in the Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer.

The movie makes the most of the author's intriguing premise of Enola being the teenage sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. 

Sherlock is already a famous detective, and Mycroft is a member of the House of Lords and determined to keep "change" away from England.

Amazon has all of the Enola Holmes books available if you want to grab the first one or take a leap and get the first 6 books in 1 package

Since the first book in the young adult detective series opens on Enola's 14th birthday, the series is good for tween and teen readers.

Enola Holmes, The Movie

Unlike the book, the movie opens on Enola's 16th birthday.

When her mother disappears, Enola is to be handed off to her brothers Mycroft and Sherlock who have had no interest in her once they left home. 

Enola is to be Mycroft's ward, but her "blithe" spirit and intelligence akin to Sherlock's makes that arrangement anathma to her.

Instead, she runs away, taking the train to London, but her plans go awry when she meets the runaway Marquess. Together they get into more danger than one would imagine, and Enola learns that all of the truths her mother told her about life must be tempered with some new-found wisdom.

Directed by Harry Bradbeer, from a screenplay by Jack Thorne, the cast is headed by Millie Bobby Brown who also is credited as Producer on the film.

The wonderful Henry Cavill portrays Sherlock with Sam Claflin as the stuffy Mycroft. 

Adeel Akhtar is the Marquess, Fiona Shaw is the horrible director of the finishing school where Enola is more or less imprisoned.

The marvelous Helena Bonham Carter plays Enola's mother who has many secrets and enemies.

Warner Brothers had planned this movie for a theatrical release, but COVID derailed that plan. They ended up selling distribution rights to Netflix.

My Thoughts

Delightful family-friendly mystery movie that is suitable for all ages. Great story, presented well by the director and the cast. Millie Bobby Brown is superb as Enola. After a bit, you stop thinking of her as Elle, or 11.

I think this movie will be so successful that a franchise will have been born. I look forward to a second installment of an Enola Holmes movie.

Takeaway Truth

If you haven't watched Enola Holmes yet, add it to your Watchlist. If you're not a Netflix subscriber, ask a friend who is to invite you over to watch it. You'll enjoy it.

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