In order to unravel this mystery, she will need the help of her pals, including her brother Sherlock (Henry Cavill).
The younger sister of Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill), Enola (Millie Bobby Brown), returns in this sassy, easygoing sequel that outshines the original.
There is less backstory and more action now that the protagonist knows who she is. At its heart is a mystery that was sparked by an invigorating true story.
In this adaptation, Enola is not a female version of her older brother. He, like Sherlock Holmes, possesses the deductive skills of the Arthur Conan Doyle books but is younger and less well-established.
She has her own identity and is more compassionate and less analytical than he is. She possesses excellent fighting capabilities and a firm grasp of mechanical physics, in addition to her keen intelligence and resolves.
She is also courageous, both in terms of body and spirit. In the picture, we first see her from behind as she runs through London streets while being pursued by two Bobbies. We then cut to her feet and the hems of her skirt and petticoat.
She pauses to speak to us directly, as she so frequently and endearingly does. Maybe I should elaborate.
The story then flashes back to an earlier time when Enola was working to open up a shop as a private investigator in London. I intended to take my place among the immortal Victorian-era detectives.
At least, that’s what I told myself, and I’d finally be up to the Holmes name. It turns out to be a disaster.
Some customers might be discouraged by her youth, while others might confuse her with the receptionist. Some people get right to the point, asking things like, “Could your brother be free?”
Bessie (Serrana Su-Ling Bliss), a young girl, enters the workplace in search of her sister Sarah. Enola’s youthfulness and femininity can work to her benefit.
Together with Bessie, she can go undercover at the match factory where Sarah last worked before she vanished. Prospective customers may undervalue Enola, but so do her potential suspects.
The direction and editing are just as perky as our protagonist, and the mystery has some great twists. Enola is stubbornly self-reliant and resists asking for assistance.
A connection between her case and the one her brother is investigating has emerged. Enola’s mother, the eccentric Helena Bonham Carter, shows up with help, explosives, and a reversal of her former counsel to rely solely on oneself.
“Strong, distinctive, but perhaps a touch lonely,” she adds of Enola. When you have people on your side, you can accomplish amazing things.
To develop into a fuller version of yourself, seek out like-minded people and put in some effort with them.
And luckily, the dashing Lord Tewkesbury (Louis Partridge) is available to teach her some ballroom dancing moves when she needs them. Brown, the film’s producer, is perfect for the role of Enola.
Her asides to the audience are hilarious, especially the one where she attempts (and fails) to reassure us (with a hint of blush) that she is in the park that Tewkesbury passes through on his route to the House of Lords.
Cartoonish interludes provide us a glimpse into her mind, while flashbacks to her mother’s advice shed light on how well (or poorly) she has been prepared for these trials.
She reveals Enola’s wonder, anger, resolve, and openness. As the story progresses, we see her make blunders, learn to ask for assistance, and then make the error of turning to the wrong people.
David Thewlis and Adeel Akhtar are particularly impressive as two police officers who are on the same case and who view Enola as either an impediment or a suspect.
In order to avoid giving away any of the film’s surprises, I won’t name any of the other actors or actresses who appear in it, save to remark that, much like Enola, the supporting characters are sometimes underappreciated or overlooked due to their status.
The story’s final title card recognizes a real-life historical event, and a sequence set in the middle of the credits teases the introduction of a welcoming new character. I’m hoping Enola’s game will continue beyond the six books that have been written about her in the Nancy Springer series.
Presently showing at several theatres and coming to Netflix on November 4th.