Enola Holmes ★★½

"But don't do it because you're looking for someone. Do it because you're looking for yourself." 

Perfectly serviceable as a family film or positive child character for viewing YA demographics to possibly relate to as they enter adolescence (especially young women in need of positive and intelligent idols). I appreciate the respectable and well crafted feminist revision to the very patriarchal world, depicting positive messages and valid morals, but especially how it never becomes overbearing or poorly presented like some other big franchise films did...To put it plainly, Enola Holmes is a film I could see putting on for my hypothetical daughter. But for me it was frankly 30min too long, lacked an actual engaging mystery, and almost felt as if Henry Cavill's (poor and unconvincing) Sherlock Holmes was just (barely) present to attract more demographics and set-up a possible Netflix franchise. I'm unfamiliar with the book, which I find odd seeing how it was released back when I was an avid reader—although I was probably busy reading actual Sherlock or the underrated still in need of HBO Demonata series. Alas I cannot attest to the accuracy or connection and explanation for this new Holmes member. Overall this is what one would classify as a simple heartwarming cute film, innocent and harmless, but nothing too special (I'm sure I would have enjoyed it much more as a child). 

Millie Bobby Brown is undeniably a big star in the making, and I cannot wait for her to grow up in order to recieve scripts of her capable level. She easily carries this film with her effortless charm and wit; any other kid and the repetitive The Office camera staring narration would be taxing. Not to compare levels just yet, but she's always reminded me of young Natalie Portman from Léon, and so far she hasn't shown any signs of stopping—oddly enough she needs to be finished with Stranger Things so that she can finally move on to other projects. It's worth noting this is technically her second feature and first leading role film. Such future projects that come to mind in watching Enola Holmes being Paddington 3 and a Guy Ritchie film. Perhaps his hinted third and still highly anticipated Sherlock Holmes film, seeing how Enola feels incredibly influenced yet adjusted to child viewers by said duology. 

PS: I know, I'm following up a Video Nasty Nazisploitation with a child led family coming of age film. Don't know what to tell you. 

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