We’ve all heard of Sherlock Holmes, the detective that solves cases with deduction and his wits. And chances are you’ve heard of his brother Mycroft – the government agent that can only be described as stuffy and by the book. But have you heard of Elona Holmes? Honestly, we hadn’t until we saw the trailer of the new Netflix movie of the same name.
But for at least the last ten years, there’s been a whole group of Enola Holmes Fans. The young budding detective comes from the book series named after the character by Nancy Springer. And the new movie, is based on the first book in the series – The Case of the Missing Marquess.
A Fresh New Take on the Holmes Legacy
Much like her brothers, Enola doesn’t fit the mold of what society expects. Not only is Enola raised by a single mother in the late Victorian Era – but she’s been raised to be a critical thinker and learns several skills like fighting, code breaking and more. Almost groomed to be a detective, Enola rejects what her brother Mycroft expects of her when her mother disappears, and looks up to her brother Sherlock.
Unlike many other takes on Sherlock Holmes and even his extended family, Sherlock isn’t played to be completely devoid of feeling or socially inept. His character, played by Hendry Cavill, shows general concern for Enola and gets joy out of her skills and even in a bit of what their mother has done. Following behind her by about a step through the whole movie, Sherlock isn’t threatened by his smart sister, but embraces her as someone who could be his mental equal.
The Story is Smart and the Clues are Hidden Everywhere
The movie is set up almost like a traditional mystery movie. While there are clues the character picks up along the way there are more throughout for the viewers. You wont pick them all up on a first viewing, but as you watch the film some clues will start to pop out.
There is some key information that is given away in conversation – and some that make you wonder how that fits in to the story over all. But its fun piecing together the story with the characters (or even before) as you watch the film.
That Fourth Wall is Shattered
We all have a show or movie that we love that breaks the fourth wall, ala Ferris Bueller. But what happens when the character not only breaks that fourth wall but completely ignores its there?
Enola not only talks to the camera once in a while, but there times she will stop mid-scene to ask for advice from the audience. This self awareness in a film is often a bit off putting or done to keep kids engaged (Dora the Explorer style). And while the books that Enola Holmes comes from is for young adults, the movie isn’t created just for that age group as an audience. Instead, it keeps the audience engaged, creates a laugh and keeps the movie going in awkward moments.
A Mystery that True Fans will Love
The story starts when Enola’s mother goes missing and the mystery of her disappearance is the initial problem that Enola needs to figure out. But like many other Holmes stories, the story is layered and there is more than one mystery happening at the same time. Nothing is as cut and dry as you would expect and it will even leave some of the greatest mystery fan questioning what is actually happening. Red herrings and misdirection is everywhere – and the movie will have you guessing the whole time.
Strong Female Lead that Does More Than Portray the Character
Maybe one of our favorite things about Enola Holmes is how strong the character is portrayed by Millie Bobby Brown. Not only does she play the smart and defiant character with a special zeal, but she also took a special part in making the film come to life. Both Millie Bobby Brown and her sister Paige Brown are listed as Producers of the film. Using their collective talent, both actresses have brought together the first of hopefully several films in the Enola Holmes series.
Enola Holmes will be available on Netflix on September 23rd. Check out the trailer here and more about the film below!
About Enola Holmes
England, 1884 – a world on the brink of change. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) wakes to find that her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) has disappeared, leaving behind an odd assortment of gifts but no apparent clue as to where she’s gone or why. After a free-spirited childhood, Enola suddenly finds herself under the care of her brothers Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin), both set on sending her away to a finishing school for “proper” young ladies. Refusing to follow their wishes, Enola escapes to search for her mother in London. But when her journey finds her entangled in a mystery surrounding a young runaway Lord (Louis Partridge), Enola becomes a super-sleuth in her own right, outwitting her famous brother as she unravels a conspiracy that threatens to set back the course of history. Based on the beloved book series by Nancy Springer, ENOLA HOLMES is a dynamic new mystery-adventure that introduces the world’s greatest detective to his fiercest competition yet: his teenage sister. The game is afoot.