Nicolò Grasso’s review published on Letterboxd:
Original Title: Enola Holmes
Year of Release: 2020
Genres: Adventure; Mystery; Historical Drama; Crime
Director: Harry Bradbeer
Writer: Jack Thorne; Nancy Springer (based on the novel)
Main Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter, Louis Partridge, Burn Gorman, Adeel Akhtar, Fiona Shaw, Susan Wokoma, Frances de la Tour
There was a moment in Enola Holmes where I thought we were getting to some sort of ending. I was excited and glad, as the film flew by. Then it kept going, and going, until another entire hour had passed. Yeah, I wasn't a fan of this.
Enola Holmes is a film that so desperately tries to have a personality, it ultimately forgets to have a compelling story with fun characters. The only reason why the title character works is due to Millie Bobby Brown's natural charisma, and Cavill and Claflin, while okay, have barely anything to do here. It's the kind of family-oriented, light, adventure mystery that really young audiences will love, but that don't have anything particularly noteworthy or even fascinating or interesting to be worth watching.
Even as someone who doesn't mind a bit of mainstream entertainment, this was a very barebones experience, with a script that plods along in predictable fashion with fourth wall breaks and literal winks to the audience that were trying too hard to fit into the contemporary post-post-modern film era. Didn't hate watching it, but my engagement and interest were veeery low.
Visual Effects: 8
Violence & Gore: 3.5
Sex & Nudity: 1
Drugs & Profanity: 1
Intensity & Horror: 3