Presley Long – Mustangs ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Netflix has been on a roll with new movies recently and since I love so many of them, I decided to watch their most recent offering, “Enola Holmes.” I was not disappointed.

The main character, portrayed by Millie Bobby Brown, is the younger sister of Sherlock (Henry Caville) and Mycroft Holmes (Sam Claflin). And yes, Sherlock as in famous 19th-century detective Sherlock Holmes.

The movie is focused around two major plot points, which may seem confusing at first, but director Harry Bradbeer made it all fit very nicely.

The movie opens on Enola and her mother, played by Helena Bonham Carter, living secluded in the countryside. Her mother raised Enola to be an independent young woman, which her brother Mycroft, who was absent for most of her life, didn’t like. He thinks Enola should marry and be like the other women of society.

On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola wakes up to find her mother missing. She goes to the train station to get her brothers and tell them what has happened. Sherlock sympathizes with Enola, but Mycroft, whom I absolutely cannot stand, thinks his mother is a mad woman. 

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Mycroft is one of those characters who isn’t technically a bad guy, but one no one likes. I know I certainly didn’t. He refused to listen to anyone and would get furious if everything did not go his way.

Enola, just like her mother, runs away from home. Along the way she meets a boy named Tewksbury, played by Louis Partridge, who is also on the run from his family. This is where the second plot of the movie comes along; it appears someone is out to kill him.

Enola helps Tewksbury and the two of them run away. They eventually separate but are reunited. Enola ends up figuring out why her mother had left her, and Tewksbury finds out who is after him. If I say anything else, too much will be given away.  

The movie features many things that make it unique. Throughout the movie, Brown will turn and speak directly towards the camera. It makes it feel like you are a part of the movie and are taking the journey with the characters.

Another interesting element was how they added animations in some scenes. For instance, at the beginning when Enola is explaining her plan, instead of the actors acting it out, it is explained through stop motion newspaper clips. I thought that was the kind of special little touch that makes the movie feel personal. I absolutely love it.

This movie, with its respectable cast and witty humor, is a must watch.