Enola Holmes ★★½

drake’s new favorite movie

I know most people see a five out of ten and think that it means I hated the movie. Honestly, this getting a five just meant that I was right in the middle. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad movie or a good movie. Enola Holmes is an adaptation of Nancy Springer’s 2006-2010 book series of the same name which tells the story of Enola Holmes, the teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes who must go to London after her mother disappears. Basically, this film just didn’t do much for me. It had enough of a sense of personality with its fourth wall breaks and overall joyous sense of enthusiasm that I feel it could provide strong entertainment for younger audiences but it was not as fresh as it attempted to be. The fourth wall breaks were unique but they didn’t feel needed and kinda just seemed there to make the experience more accessible for older audiences. It felt like an American Girl film with higher production quality but it misses its demographic due to the PG-13 rating it was unjustly given due to mild violence. The film had nice and bright colors but they sometimes felt a bit too in your face and overpowering. There were some nice shots but they usually were sparse and quickly swept away. The pacing was also spotty as the runtime being over two hours just felt excessive and in dire need of an edit. Millie Bobby Brown did give a nice performance that let her show off more of her visual expression and fun that has been stripped from her roles in Stranger Things and the recent Godzilla film. The Sherlock Holmes story is also getting a bit over saturated in pop culture right now which might explain this film’s lack of freshness for me. I think overall that Enola Holmes works well as a solo film that is passable and enjoyable for certain audiences and I could see it work as a possible franchise but I don’t see it becoming anything frequently talked about or discussed in regards to its quality.