Movie Review: Enola Holmes (2020)

My name is Enola, which backwards spells alone.

This screenplay by Jack Thorne is adapted from Nancy Springer’s series featuring Enola Holmes.  This movie is based on the book “The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery.”  While there is mention of Sherlock Holmes (played by Henry Cavill) and Mycroft Holmes (played by Sam Claflin), the main character is Enola Holmes (played by Millie Bobby Brown).  It also includes Helena Bonham Carter as her mother (Eudoria), Burn Gorman (Linthorn) as her nemesis, Louis Partridge (Tewkesbury) as her sort of romantic interest, and Fiona Shaw ( as her headmistress.   It is directed by Harry Bradbeer and has a rating of PG-13.  The running time of this adventure/mystery/drama is 2 hours and 3 minutes.

This too is in the vein of a wild goose chase to see what really happened to her mother, Eudoria Holmes.  Enola was raised a tomboy and to be as independent as she liked until her mother disappeared.  She summons her brothers, but they don’t give her much help and strikes out on her own as a tomboy.  She meets Viscount Tewkesbury along the way, but the desire to find her mom is more important.  After finding lodging and more suitable dress for a 16-year-old, Enola searches for her mother in London.  It results in another run in with Linthorn and must make a choice of minding her own business or not.  Her brothers still have different ideas for her future although for different reasons.  Back at Miss. Harrison’s finishing school, she has little time to focus on finding her mother and helping Tewkesbury put a stop to whomever is trying to kill him.  She manages to find a way, revealing who the real culprit is with Tewkesbury and returning back to the finishing school.  Now having a better relationship with her brothers, Enola realizes she has to find her own path even if it’s 1884 and every young girl doesn’t aspire to be a detective like herself. 

I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to watch a movie that has little resemblance to what is currently going on today. Unless you bring out your magnifying glass or any kind of comb, you should only see the movie for what it is and that is purely for entertainment.

I rate Enola Holmes Four Fingers and One Thumb at 100%

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