Millie Bobby Brown stars as Sherlock Holmes' younger sister Enola in this new family adventure.
Forget Sherlock Holmes, Netflix's latest original film shines the spotlight on his younger sister, Enola Holmes, as she becomes a sleuth in her own right.
Based on Nancy Springer's young adult novel series, the film follows Enola (Springer's creation, not Arthur Conan Doyle's) as she investigates the disappearance of her mother Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter).
Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) is messy and tomboyish so her horrified older brother Mycroft (Sam Claflin) decides to send her off to a finishing school to become a lady.
But she wants to find her mum - so Enola outwits him and makes off to London to do some detective work, with her famous brother Sherlock (Henry Cavill) on her tail.
But on the train to London, she befriends Lord Tewksbury (Louis Partridge) and becomes involved in a dangerous conspiracy.
Enola Holmes has a very quirky, distinctive style that may not float everyone's boat.
All the visual flourishes used to illustrate Enola's plans and backstory were fun, and Brown breaking the fourth wall to fill the audience in on her life was a good choice, although the talking directly to camera technique - something director Harry Bradbeer did a lot while working on Fleabag - was ultimately used a bit too much.
The film, with a runtime of around two hours, is perhaps a bit too long and the inclusion of the Tewksbury plot makes it rather muddled and bloated.
It begins as a side plot alongside her investigation about her mother's disappearance but then becomes the main plot, with Eudoria seemingly forgotten about for a while.
However, Brown makes the movie seem better than it is as she gives it her all and really sells it, bringing great energy, charm and enthusiasm to the role.
She easily steals the show from her older co-stars but that's probably because they're basic stereotypes and given very little to do.
Cavill is perfectly fine as Sherlock trying to find and outwit his sister, Bonham Carter is wonderful as the unconventional mother, although her screen time is very small, and Claflin was the unlikeable Mycroft, all high and mighty. His portrayal felt reminiscent of his recent role as fascist Oswald Mosley in Peaky Blinders.
Besides Brown, the other standout is Partridge, who could well become the next teen heartthrob.
Enola Holmes starts off strong but loses its way once the action in London begins.
However, it’s still a fun, feminist and entertaining movie for the young adult crowd with a winning turn from Brown.
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