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Enola Holmes

Published October 31, 2020

Enola Holmes

Film info

  • Title Enola Holmes
  • Director Harry Bradbeer
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 2hrs 3m
  • Genres Crime, Mystery, Drama
  • Tagline Mystery runs in the family

While searching for her missing mother, intrepid teen Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and help a runaway lord.

Live blog

TimeComment
2:06Doing archery indoors seems a bit worrisome.
10:14Not many people get to be Superman and Sherlock Holmes.
12:23“I am an educator, I have to stay ahead of the times.” If only that were true.
13:35Snooker table seems a great place to have a debate.
20:29HBC is so good, it’s a shame this movie is about her being missing.
24:09Nincompoop is a great word.
28:41I think jumping from a moving train does hurt considerably.
35:32You can never be prepared for London.
38:58Basically a Victorian version of ‘big mistake, huge.’
43:31Don’t much fancy doing martial arts with a corset on.
47:39It just boggles my mind that people would be able to remember stuff like that.
53:32He just stabbed her in the money.
58:30Whaaaa, the whole point of Sherlock is that he doesn’t work alone?
1:01:26Ooh, I love the idea of a cafe with a banned bookshelf.
1:08:22“Some of those branches are extremely capricious.”
1:19:29I love Fiona Shaw but she is not to love in this.
1:20:31Love her crappy cross stitch.
1:26:21Shark lessons. I’m interested in some of those.
1:34:56“I was taught to watch and listen. I was taught to fight.”
1:42:41Yay, he went full on Doc Brown!
1:51:59She swaps clothes with people a lot, I like it.

Thoughts

Let’s start with the good - I thought Millie did a bang-up job, I liked the quirky nature of the film and the way it was put together, breaking the fourth wall and putting animations and drawings to good use.

However. There’s a lot not to like about this film too. To start with, it doesn’t really honour the canon of Sherlock Holmes and that’s before you even take into account that he doesn’t need to be in the film. Mention him if you must but why is he there? She could have done everything she did without his input. And it’s just a smack in the face for him to be all smug at the end having figured it all out anyway.

I didn’t really like or get the portrayal of Mother Holmes - Helena Bonham Carter is incredible, obviously, but was saddled with playing a terrorist who abandons her family and even when whatever is supposed to be going down doesn’t happen, still doesn’t think about returning to support her daughter.

The whole thing left me with mixed feelings, that are just going downhill the further away from it I get.

Rating: 1 / 5

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