Enola Holmes ★★½

When I first heard about this film, I was super excited. I think MBB is a great choice to play the sister of Sherlock Holmes and the supporting cast is also excellent. I've loved Sherlock Holmes since I was a kid and consume everything related to the character. Although I knew he didn't have a sister on record in the original Doyle stories, I thought it was a great idea to expand the universe and bring in new characters.

Unfortunately, I didn't love the film. MBB is charming and I stand by the fact that she was an excellent casting choice, but the movie felt too long and needed more laughs. I wasn't expecting this to be a comedy, but a few light-hearted chuckles from time to time were missed. This isn't a drama by any means and as I'm typing this I'm starting to realize the problem. What kind of film is this? It's a mystery, I suppose. But it's not a drama and it's not a comedy. And the breaking of the 4th wall annoyed me by the end of the film. SHOW, DON'T TELL! The endless monologues of exposition. The meandering plot that seemingly goes nowhere. Ugh. I know there's probably a sequel in the works, so I hope they do better, but I don't have high hopes.

Checking RT and I can see I'm definitely in the minority. Was not expecting 90+% critics and 80+% audience scores. I'm glad someone enjoyed this movie.

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One of the biggest points that really bugged me: Enola didn't solve any of the cases. She was wrong about Tewkesbury's uncle and she never found her mom. Her mom found her.

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