Enola Holmes 22022.
Directed by Harry Bradbeer.
With Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Louis Partridge, Helena Bonham Carter, David Thewlis, Susan Wokoma, Adeel Akhtar, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Hannah Dodd, Abbie Hern, Gabriel Tierney, Serrana Su-Ling Bliss, Pierre Bergman, Róisín Monaghan, David Westhead, Catriona Chandler, Tim McMullen, Lee Boardman, Tony Lucken, Alison Knox and Himesh Patel.
Now a hitman like her infamous brother, Enola Holmes takes on her first official case to find a missing girl, as the sparks of a dangerous plot ignite a mystery that requires the help of friends – and Sherlock him. -even – to unravel.
There is a key distinction between the adaptation approach to Enola Holmes and Enola Holmes 2 (which takes over returning director Harry Bradbeer, co-writing and re-conceptualizing the story alongside Jack Thorne): the former is based on a real novel by Nancy Springer (The Case of the Missing Marquess: A Mystery by Enola Holmes), while the latter is described as an adaptation of Nancy Springer’s books.
You don’t have to pay attention to the end credits to come to this realization, as it’s evident throughout Enola Holmes 2, which is another charming adventure anchored by Millie Bobby Brown’s spunky and independent eponymous detective Enola Holmes, the sister of infamous detective Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill), but decidedly messy in her creative choices to bring back nearly every character from this first film for this new mystery. Many of them feel pushed into this tale, including Sherlock Holmes himself in a half-baked subplot that sees him drunk and lonely while trying to solve an elusive case. Enola encourages Sherlock to find a roommate, so there’s also a useless suite table.
We want the filmmakers to have constraints to force them into this new story, because the premise of Enola Holmes 2 follows the young adult detective having now opened an agency for the superior. Due to a certain sexism (many men are quick to attribute the results of the first film to Sherlock Holmes) and inexperience, Enola struggles to get a case. Nevertheless, she is eventually hired by Bessie (Serrana Su-Ling Bliss), a child searching for answers to a missing girl’s disappearance. It also establishes Enola as an investigator for the less fortunate rather than Sherlock’s wealthy clients.
A title card also informs that Enola Holmes 2 is grounded in a certain truth, as the case brings the detective to a match factory where its female workers are exploited, with none of the top officials worrying too much about typhus which allegedly killed some of them. Corporate greed and the rights of working women are tackled here, as Enola becomes a prime murder suspect while following clues and stepping on a murder victim. Luckily, she’s surrounded by Sherlock and his love Tewkesbury (Louis Partridge) to get her out of precarious situations, and while the message here is that working together gets more results and forms a distinctly strong voice, it It’s also a bit of a bummer that Enola needed extensive assistance to solve her first commissioned mystery.
Meanwhile, Sherlock is puzzled as he tracks the bank account of an anonymous individual who steals and transfers money everywhere, reviewing contact details and looking for a connection link. Of course, this ties into Enola’s ongoing investigation, which is good and fun for the twists, but also feels superfluous and takes away from Enola’s arc. It’s noble that the film wants to embrace family and friendship, but that comes at the cost of a stacked cast, an abundance of moving parts to mystery, and diminishing Enola’s independence. And that’s without getting into the conventional romantic subplot that’s blossoming.
It’s also undeniable that despite the wonky narrative (which is also underwhelming in some ways, but I guess that’s to be expected when the sneering, menacing David Thewlis is part of a package), the characters and performances are contagiously charismatic. with the same energy and excitement as Daniel Pemberton’s theme. The action sequences are surprisingly basic and bland, sometimes cutting into ongoing conversations or fights without fluidity.
Enola Holmes 2 is undeniably a step backwards in many ways, but the filmmakers and cast still find the story and character magnetism.
Scintillating Myth Rating – Movie: ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★
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