Lucas Lyon’s review published on Letterboxd:
Final Grade: C
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When Enola Holmes 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 conspiracy around a mysterious young lord.
A fun and enjoyable adventure was all I was expecting out of Enola Holmes. Somehow, I didn’t find it to be all that fun or enjoyable and for a film that I wasn’t really excited for, I still came out disappointed. I found myself not caring about what was going on on screen and looking at my phone a bit too much. Nothing sparked my interest and made me sit there invested in the story. I was more just sitting there waiting for it to end.
As if you couldn’t already tell, I have many problems with this movie and it comes from many different things. In the beginning, I thought the fourth wall breaking was a fun touch to both the movie and the character of Enola Holmes, but after a while it became very annoying and useless as it wasn’t really doing anything to advance the movie forward. I kid you not, Millie Bobby Brown looked into the camera so many times I was starting to believe she was Jim Halpert in disguise. As the movie approached about the one hour mark of it’s way too long runtime, the story suddenly shifted in a whole different direction and the main plot line got pushed to the back burner. It went from Enola trying to find her missing mother to her trying to help a young lord. I think I would have been more engaged and invested in the film if director Harry Bradbeer would have kept the mystery of Enola’s missing mother as the main focus for the entire film instead of shoving it behind all of the side plot lines.
All the characters featured in Enola Holmes were pretty off and on for me. Enola Holmes herself was very charming, just like everyone else, and like able, yet I still found her to be quite annoying because of all the fourth wall breaking they had her do throughout. However, I did like Millie Bobby Brown’s energetic portrayal of Enola. I think she has a bright future ahead after her performance in both this and Stranger Things. Henry Cavill, I believe, makes a great Sherlock Holmes. With that being said, I’m not too familiar with the character of Sherlock Holmes, which is my fault, and the film didn’t really do enough with him to make me know more. It relied heavily on the audience’s past knowledge of Sherlock Holmes and for a person like me that didn’t have past knowledge, it was pretty hard to get to know the character. Just about every actor/actress gave a great performance, but just like Henry Cavill’s Sherlock Holmes, their character was underdeveloped.
Obviously, I’m not the biggest fan of Enola Holmes. I don’t think it succeeds at many things in it’s 2 hour and 3 minute runtime. But the one thing it does succeed at and have to give it credit for is being a movie that families can enjoy in the comfort of their own home and at a time like this, I guess that’s all you can ask for.
While it does leave a lot to be desired for, Enola Holmes is a charming enough film for families across the world to enjoy in the comfort of their own home.