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Enola Holmes Review – A Netflix Original Movie


Feminism, the Sherlock Holmes way.


A delightful film and a spin off from the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, this movie is about Enola Holmes, the teen sister of the famous Sherlock Holmes who steps into her brother’s shoes owing to compelling circumstances.

Sam Claflin and Henry Cavill in the lead roles in Enola Holmes 2020 Netflix Original Movie
Sam Claflin and Henry Cavill in the lead roles in Enola Holmes 2020 Netflix Original Movie

Enola Holmes Movie Plot

Enola Holmes is the youngest sibling of the Holmes family and is extremely intelligent, thoughtful and skillful. Raised alone by her eccentric single mother, Eudoria (played by Helena Bonham Carter), she grows up learning chess, jujitsu and decrypting ciphers. Her mother means the world to her and Enola is happy and content until her 16th birthday, when her mother suddenly vanishes, leaving her an intriguing birthday gift.

She reaches out to her two older brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock, who had abandoned their home in pursuit of their careers for help. Mycroft, instead of understanding her woes, condemns her attire and outlook and deems her unfit to be presented in the society. He takes her in as his ward and summons Ms. Harrison, a stern and ruthless principal of a Finishing school, which primarily focuses on teaching social graces and upper-class etiquettes to young ladies. Sherlock, on the other hand, sees the intelligence in her, but refuses to meddle in the affairs of his older brother and his sister.

Soon, Enola finds out that the birthday gift which her mom had given her contains a cipher, which coerces Enola to escape from the clutches of her brothers. She boards a train at a different station and bumps into young viscount Tewksbury under unusual circumstances, which include but not limited to being found hidden in a bag to escape from his parents.

As both plan their escapades, they come face-to-face with a hired assassin who chases them wherever they go. Once Enola steps into London, she parted ways with the viscount to find her mother, but later goes back to him as she finds out that his life is in danger.

Millie Bobby Brown in and as Enola Holmes
Millie Bobby Brown in and as Enola Holmes

So, now Enola finds herself chasing two mysteries and not one, with her brother Sherlock closely following on her footsteps.



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Enola Holmes Technicalities

The movie is beautifully made, the English countryside and the castles shot in abundance. But the highlight of this movie is the crisp and tight screenplay and the equation between the two main characters, Enola and Sherlock. Millie Bobby Brown is delightful as Enola and Henry Cavill, charming as Sherlock Holmes, the man who is supposed to have no emotions and no family ties. It is perhaps for the first time we see the humane side of the legend, whom we know as the hero of ciphers and logical deductions.


My Final Words on the Movie

The plot is gripping and the audience is compelled to hold on to the edge of their seats. My heart skipped a beat every time Enola was chased and brutally attacked by the assassin, who was hired to kill the viscount. She frequently keeps changing her disguises to avoid any attention, from a slave boy to a widow to a distinguished English maiden, the  film makers have deftly given her a makeover every time she changes her disguise. Her costumes are extremely well done.

Overall, it is a delightful movie, beautifully shot.  I wished it were a little lengthy.



The World of Movies Rating: 9/10



Movie Title: Enola Holmes

Based on:  The Enola Holmes Mysteries: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

Directed by: Harry Bradbeer

Screenplay by:  Jack Thorne

Main Cast: Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes, Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes, Sam Claflin as Mycroft Holmes, Helena Bonham Carter as Eudoria Holmes

Year of Release: 2020

Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama

Country of Origin: USA

Languages: English

Running time: 123 minutes

Production Company: Legendary Pictures, PCMA Productions

Distributed by: Netflix



Image Source: Screenshots taken from the movie.

Reviewed by: Anantha Alagappan

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