Enola Holmes introduces Sherlock’s little sister and follows her during her first case as a detective. But to be honest the story was somewhat lightweight, where it could have had so much more punch.
Sherlock Holmes has been reworked many times, The Jeremy Brett series, absolutely marvelous, Sherlock, also a major winner now we have the case of Nancy Springer’s book series The Enola Holmes Mysteries, where the author gave Sherlock (and Mycroft) a younger sister named Enola.
The Holmes brothers stopped seeing Enola when she was very little, as they left their family home after various disagreements with their mother, Eudoria. The siblings reunited years later after Eudoria disappeared, which was the event that prompted Enola to escape from her brothers and investigate the case all by herself.
Enola’s first adventure got the film treatment in the movie simply titled Enola Holmes, and even though it stayed as true to the source material as possible, it’s still not a good Sherlock movie.
Just like in the book, in addition to investigating her mother’s disappearance, Enola comes across another interesting case: that of Viscount Tewkesbury, who in the movie, escapes from his home and is chased by a man who wants to kill him.
Although Enola Holmes is entertaining, particularly for younger viewers, it didn’t work for me as a detective movie. And both of Enola’s cases seem lightweight and lack any serious menance (apart from a few gunshots).
The change from the case of Eudoria’s disappearance to Tewkesbury being in danger was a bit abrupt, and the story didn’t develop each one properly. The game may have been “afoot” but a lack of clues (Remember that fantastic Homes spoof with Michael Cain Clueless) rendered it more of a visual overview of Dickensian London and surrounds.
But I guess it is what it is. A movie for teenagers and teenagers-at-heart. These rather handsome teens in a rather sweet lovematch, leaves you more in love with the great music score. For that alone I would rewatch the movie on Netflix.