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ENOLA HOLMES (2020)
"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."
I've never particularly cared for the character of Sherlock Holmes or any existing property involving him. I decided to check this out on Netflix because it looked cute and contains actors/actresses I'm familiar with. I will say on the whole I was interested to see where things were heading even though I guessed most of it correctly. Without coming off like a pretentious smug asshat (too late!), I found the film to be fairly predictable.
On the positive front, the story is engaging despite the predictability. I thought Millie Bobby Brown delivered a great performance as the title character; I was always kind of thinking her roles outside of Stranger Things were meh, but this one proved me wrong. I think Henry Cavill was good as Sherlock too, but is it me or does anytime Henry Cavill star in something nowadays he comes off like a closeted serial killer? Yeah, it's probably just me. I thought the choreography of battle sequences and the utilization of special effects here were handled professionally. I liked the entire train sequence and some of the intended humor.
On the negative front, this movie is fucking obnoxious. Every five minutes, we're being told and reminded that Enola is Alone spelled backwards, as if we couldn't figure it out based on hearing or reading the title. I wasn't into Enola speaking directly to the camera, it just felt uneven. This movie's forced feminist appeal is jarring to say the least; like if it wasn't being thrust in our brains every five minutes through dialogie how hard women have it, I'd be on board with the message. Actions speak louder than words and in context to film, visuals speak more than dialogue. It's like the opposite of toxic masculinity in this flick with overabundant toxic feminism. And the whole Eudoria Holmes (portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter) thing is useless and annoying; she left Enola without a single word and she's a terrorist. She says it was to protect Enola but really it's so her daughter doesn't know she's a radical extremist.
Enola Holmes will pertain to anyone who wants something family-friendly to watch, but has just a smidget of darkness within to keep things booming.