Enola Holmes came out a year before its sequel and has made the foundation for a new era of Holmes’ world. In the first movie, we are confronted with Enola’s first misadventure as a budding detective. Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) looks for her missing mother, Eudoria Holmes (Helena Bonham Carter), by panning out all the clues she left for her.
The Stranger Things star manages to achieve a lot more than what her legal guardian Mycroft thought she would. Whilst doing so, she saves a runaway Lord called Tewkesbury (Louis Patridge) and manages to outsmart elder brother Mycroft (Sam Claflin) and Sherlock (Henry Cavill). For the newest released Enola Holmes 2, the plot has advanced. After her previous success Enola is ready to start her own detective agency. But because of her age and lack of experience in her field, people find themselves hesitant to hire her services.
Things finally looked up for Enola when a young girl came to ask for help to find her sister Sarah (Hannah Dodd). As her first case as an official detective Enola has decided to give it her all. The presentation of clues and the way Enola solves her mysteries have definitely been taken up a notch. Her candid yet not-so-candid meeting with Tewkesbury goes well. She uses the help of her brother Sherlock and her friends to solve this ever-bending corrupt crime.
The most unique part of the plot is that the film has historic significance as the match girls strike did take place in 1888. Where the leader of the strike was Sarah Chapman. In this film, Enola helps Sarah to stand up against the corrupt company owners to strike against unfair payment and working conditions.
Throughout the film, there are several open ends. These ends were left open intentionally to present opportunities for the franchise to do spinoffs or sequels. That includes the part in which Moriarty or Mira Troy (Sharon Duncan-Brewster) escapes prison. Or even at the end when Himesh Patel walks in asking Sherlock for flatmate laws hinting at future Sherlock and Dr Watson misadventures. There could be multiple possible post-projects that could follow the current plot.
Overall the film has managed to tap into the viewer’s detective urges and keeps one’s eyes glued to the screens. However, certain parts, like the one where Enola escapes prison with the help of her mother, did seem like the plot was being stretched out. Regardless, a beautiful movie with good performances overall and a must-watch.
Millie Bobby Brown mentions that she thoroughly enjoyed filming the movie alongside such talented and fun actors. From fun fights with Tewkesbury to teasing Sherlock, the behind-the-scenes is packed with light-hearted humour. Check out this video here to find out how all the on-screen characters maintained their chemistry off-camera as well!