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Enola Holmes 1 Review!


dihaan k~

8/5/20232 min read

Almost everyone in the 21st generation has heard about the dark academia aesthetic- or at least all of us Gen Zians. When I see it, it brings to mind images of old England, probably in the early 1900s, grey skies, Victorian buildings, people in formal wear, women in gowns, men in suits. Libraries filled with books, houses overlooking the wide expanse of rainy sky. The Victorian Era, probably my most favourite era yet.

And if you’re someone like me, someone who appreciates that upfront, Gothic era, I have a movie to recommend that will undoubtedly charm you.

𝔈𝔫𝔬𝔩𝔞𝔬𝔩𝔪𝔢𝔰. Released in 2020, the movie contains a killer plot, a marvelous cast, and is set in a location that’ll make you forget the present and dive into late 1880s London.

It includes some of the most popular recent actors and actresses, such as Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes, Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes, Louis Partridge as Tewksbury, and Helena Bonham-Carter as Eudoria Holmes.

The plotline starts off with Enola Holmes, Sherlock’s younger sister, on her 16th birthday. Enola is an intelligent, well-rounded young girl with a talent for observation. Her mother has taught her archery, chess, hand-to-hand combat-everything young women weren’t supposed to learn in that age of patriarchy.

She’s lived with her mother in Ferndale Hall, a decrepit, ivy-covered, but grand mansion, ever since she was born. Her father died when she was very young and she hasn’t seen her brothers ever since they moved out when she was five.

{In case anyone is wondering, she has two brothers: Sherlock and Mycroft. Sherlock is 34, which makes him 18 years older than Enola, and Mycroft is the oldest, and 41 years old, which makes him 7 years older than Sherlock and 25 years older than Enola}.

On the day of Enola’s 16th birthday, she wakes up to find her mother missing. Enola immediately lets her brothers know, and she goes the next morning to pick them up from the station. Mycroft is a fussy, irritable man who lets both Enola and Sherlock know how much he despises their way of life and their mother, who, as he says, “is a wild, dangerous woman, who raised a wild child”, namely, Enola. As Enola is Mycroft’s ward in their mother’s absence, he assigns Sherlock to find their mother and he takes the responsibility of turning Enola into an acceptable young woman. Against her will, he enrolls her in a finishing school, and the day before her admission, she runs away.

On the train to London, she, coincidentally shares a compartment with the talk of the town, runaway Lord Tewksbury. From then on, they escape a murderer, navigate London, and slowly discover who Enola’s mother really is. At the end of the movie, Sherlock and Enola even end up bonding! That’s the summary, I don’t want to spoil it further.

My opinion on the movie is: it’s amazing, it’s enrapturing, it’s alluring- it’s everything great. It exudes a wonderful British Victorian influence and addresses issues like feminism and gender equality subtly, not to mention that the actors and actresses play their roles more than well and look just like their characters.

My advise? Go watch it. Trust me, you’ll enjoy it.