During the hard lockdown weeks the Netflix series Sherlock was the green light that marked the end of our day: dinner, maybe some ice-cream and the fire roaring while we sat together watching Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock and John Watson, and the actors who played their roles, plus the ebook editions of the books by Arthur Conan Doyle, provided much entertainment for our two teenage daughters during the isolation of lockdown.
Then last week Netflix released the film Enola Holmes, and our girls were keen to watch a new take on the Holmes tales.
‘When Enola Holmes—Sherlock’s teen sister—discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.” – Netflix (Watch the Trailer HERE)
My guest blogger and movie reviewer today is my thirteen year old daughter, Emily. Here is her review of the movie:
‘It was a very enjoyable movie that can be watched as a family.
The plot may have been inspiring to many young girls, and some of her quirks brought a smile to my face. Millie Bobby Brown’s performance as the character was commendable, and she brought through the message the character was trying to tell.
Mycroft Holmes was excellently cast and his performance of the character was spot on.
However, the casting of the iconic genius detective Sherlock Holmes was a bit off putting. Henry Cavill’s approach to the character was kind, gentle, and understanding, while the character of Sherlock Holmes is snarky, insensitive, and is not a really nice person. Lately I have come to respect different adaptions of characters but this one I feel is one I cannot enjoy.
Louis Partridge played the role of a slightly proud and annoying young lord well, and was one of the highlights of the movie. The plot seemed to be a bit mainstream at first, but I enjoyed how it changed from her finding her mother to saving the young lord.
However the trope that was used of a Tom-boy becoming a ‘real girl’ and finding it to be a characteristic that is undesirable didn’t please me. While well meaning, this trope is over-used and makes being feminine look like a bad thing. I personally would rather look up to a young woman who is not ashamed of being feminine, while being able to kick butt.
Enola Holmes is a character who is a powerful young woman and knows what she wants in the world, however her inheritance of the Holmes genius was portrayed a bit bratty, and made me feel annoyed at her remarks.
Also the frequent breaking of the fourth wall got a bit much after a while.
The fight scenes in this movie were well put together and not too drawn out, and overall it was a pretty family friendly movie. But it did lack the edge most Sherlock Holmes adaptions/spinoffs have.
In short this movie is feel-good and an enjoyable family experience, a movie I’d recommend to a new Sherlock Holmes fan.’
Thanks Emily. Looking forward to our next popcorn pizza movie night xx