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Enola Holmes

When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes, little would he know the cottage industry it would produce. Films, TV, theatre and countless merchandising have benefitted from the Holmes name. Offering another twist, ‘Enola Holmes’ trades on its legacy. Coming across as a teenage version of the Holmes mythology, it’s an entertaining diversion of which Conan Doyle would approve.

Living in England in 1884, teenager Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) discovers her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) is missing. Now finding herself under the care of her brothers Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Clafflin), Enola copies Sherlock’s famous deductive skills to find their mother. Finding herself embroiled in international intrigue, her resolve is put to the test with a game definitely afoot.

Based on Nancy Springer’s book series, ‘Enola Holmes’ is consistently entertaining. Rather than disparage the Holmes legacy, it enhances it from a different viewpoint. The strict mores of the era are magnified with the role of women in a Victorian man’s world an interesting layer amongst the light mystery. There’s nothing too complex about ‘Enola Holmes’ but some of its themes and attitude effectively resonates.

‘Enola Holmes’ wouldn’t work without casting the right person the role. Brown equips herself admirably as the free-spirited Enola, with her analytical skills an equal match to Sherlock, well played by Cavill. The locations, costumes and atmosphere bring the Holmes world to colourful life, despite the occasional slow patches.

A generally breezy interpretation of Conan Doyle’s famous creation, ‘Enola Holmes’ is fun. You can’t ask much more for a film of its type. With sequels already in the works, it seems the newest member of the Holmes clan may yet rival her famous brother in cinematic longevity.

Rating out of 10: 7

CURRENTLY STREAMING ON NETFLIX.

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