Everything resonates pleasantly enough. Enola Holmes is the kind of all-star production that could once have been produced by the BBC and graced the cover of the Christmas Radio Times. Brown has a nice, easy going way with the material, cheekily overtaking his famous brother Sherlock here and there and often pausing at the fourth wall to smile at the audience, and I loved Miss Harrison’s steampunky motor car. But there should have been a more ingenious deduction and resolution from Enola – the coding is not the same. So… is Moriarty’s super evil little sister on the way?
isIt’s hardly believable that there is yet another Sherlock Holmes scam / spin-off – the genre named by the late critic Gilbert Adair “Shlock Holmes.” But here’s Sherlock’s little-known rebellious little sister, Enola, invented in 2006 by YA author Nancy Springer. Jack Thorne has adapted the first volume of his award-winning series and the director is Harry Bradbeer. Millie Bobby Brown (from Stranger Things on TV) plays the imaginative, bright and quirky young Enola. She grew up alone in the country with her enigmatic widowed mother, Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter), who homeschooled her in science, literature and martial arts – this is after the terrifyingly older older brothers of Enola, Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin), have left the house. But Eudoria herself disappears, leaving Enola with gnomic clues as to why, then grumpy Mycroft insists on putting Enola in a stuffy boarding school run by Dickens’ principal Miss Harrison (Fiona Shaw). So Enola must escape, solve the mystery of his missing mother and also come to CGI Victorian London, foiling a reactionary conspiracy to kidnap a handsome young aristocrat (Louis Partridge) who has a crush on Enola.