In the Netflix original Enola Holmes (2020), the film follows Enola, the teen sister of the famous Sherlock Holmes, as she sets off on an adventure to find her missing mother. The film is based on The Enola Holmes Mysteries by author Nancy Springer and stars Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes, Henry Cavil as Sherlock Holmes, Sam Claflin as Mycroft Holmes, Helena Bonham Carter as Eudoria Holmes and Louis Patridge as Lord Viscount Tewksbury. YouTuber Grace Randolph from the channel Beyond The Trailer shares her thoughts on this feminist take of a mystery classic.
Enola Holmes is Downtown Abbey, Wonder Woman, My Fair Lady, Sherlock Holmes and Fleabag all rolled into one very charming British package.
Enola Holmes is very much a female Sherlock, says Randolph who describes the film as an epic mashup of different critically acclaimed movies and TV shows as it reaches to take the best aspects of each and combines it into one great film. The YouTuber notes the female perspective of this mystery story is a refreshing outlook on a generally male dominated genre and gives an example of the mother daughter relationship shown between Enola and her mother and how it is important as women to help each other in times of need.
The film depicts Enola as an influential and respected character in society, portraying the feminist aspect of the story; however, it seems falsely conveyed as the only reason she has so much power is because of her already famous and well-known brothers Sherlock and Mycroft, according to Randolph. The YouTuber notes that another character Edith, played by Susie Wokoma, is also trying to gain social respect as a woman, but fails to present the same success due to the disparities of not having a famous family.
Meanwhile Susie Wokoma has to support her woman’s dojo, which she has to operate in secret by having a yee old Starbucks downstairs.
When it comes to Millie Bobby Brown, the YouTuber praises the actress for giving a great performance and even compared her to well-known star Sandra Bullock.
She looks great. She’s also relatable. She’s very funny, very smart, she just basically has huge star power… she’s fantastic.
YouTuber Grace Randolph from Beyond The Trailer rates and reviews new movies and TV shows weekly.