Enola Holmes

Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) has had a strange but delightful childhood, raised and educated by her mother Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter) in a manner perhaps inappropriate for a fine young lady of her time, but according to Eudoria’s own standards. Eudoria valued intellect and wit of course, but also independence (hence Enola’s name, alone spelled backwards) and a free spirit. They were happy together, not even lonely though Enola’s father had passed and her brothers left home years ago. But waking on her 16th birthday Enola finds that her mother has disappeared and left her no choice but to summon her older brothers.

Brother Sherlock (Henry Cavill) is a bit of a famous detective – maybe you’ve heard of him? And Mycroft (Sam Claflin) is the persnickety one who finds his sister’s lack of social graces to be untenable. He lines up a finishing school to send her away to, so of course she absconds, not unlike her mother has. Enola has gone to London of course, not just to find out where her mother is, but who her mother is, or was. To do it, she’ll have to stay one step ahead of brother Sherl, who is a a bit of a sleuth himself, and not easy to outwit.

The part suits Millie Bobby Brown to perfection – plucky, canny, charming and engaging, she adds a new dimension to the already beloved and fully realized Holmes universe, not only proving her worth but making room for herself and room for change. Sherlock has always lived very much inside himself, apart from and above the rest of the world, of whom he takes little notice unless they’re part of the case. Enola, however, is very much a product of and a force of change in England, which is already in flux when we meet her in 1884. Though she spent her early years in near isolation with her mother, her future is very much her own to make of it what she will.

14 thoughts on “Enola Holmes

  1. raistlin0903

    Sherlock Holmes? No…who is that…never heard of himπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Seriously though, usually not a big fan of these types of film, but definitely still want to see this one, because of the cast, and the trailer certainly made me interested!

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  2. Often Off Topic

    Millie Bobby Brown suits this role down to a T. I wasn’t impressed by the rest of the movie, though. I was hoping for a more complex mystery and I’m too spoiled by Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock to enjoy Henry Cavill in the role.

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  3. Deane Marie

    Loved the movie! Millie Bobby Brown was a delight as Enola, Cavill was a great Sherlock and funny but Sam Claflin was a shock he was great but looked nothing like himself. I hope there is another one coming out because I want to see if she gets together with the marquee it would make a great show to see them get together. The romance was the best part about the movie.

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