Enola Holmes Movie Review

Natalie Gerold, J1 Reporter

Enola Holmes follows the story of a teenage girl named Enola Holmes, played by Millie Bobby Brown. The story is her journey through Victorian England trying to find her mom, Eudoria Holmes played by Helena Bonham Carter. Her mom went missing on Enola’s sixteenth birthday. Enola’s brothers, Sherlock Holmes played by Henry Cavill and Mycroft Holmes played by Sam Claflin, arrive soon after their mother disappeared. 

Mycroft, the brother that was in charge of Enola if something happened to their mother, decided he was going to send Enola to a finishing school for young ladies. Enola distraught takes off without the knowledge of her brothers and headed on a train to London to find her mom after following clues she believed Eudoria left her. 

On the way to find her mother she meets a boy who seemed to be on the run from someone. Tewksbury played by Louis Partridge, and Enola get to know each other but eventually part ways. As Enola’s journey continues she comes to find that there was more to her mom’s disappearance than met the eye and more obstacles in her way than she thought. Enola uses her detective skills and some help from Tewksbury to follow the trail of her mother to a place she didn’t necessarily expect.

This movie as a whole was wildly mediocre. From my research in choosing this movie I was expecting a lot more out of the story. I thought the movie did have some strong points, the acting was probably the best part in my opinion and I thought they cast the roles really well. All of the actors fit their character.  I thought they could have done a lot more with the plot. It was very anticlimactic and frankly just disappointing. I kept waiting for the big plot twist that would have made the story more interesting but there never were any. I also think they could have built the side characters more. The side characters could have supported the story and the main character,96 but instead they just felt really useless. 

In my opinion children the ages of 9-12 would really enjoy this movie. I think anyone older than that would get bored and find it unexciting. If I were to rate this movie I would give it a 2.5 out of five, because it did have some good moments but it was mostly boring. 

The biggest thing I took away from this movie is that you need to be yourself no matter what. If Enola hadn’t stayed true to who she was she wouldn’t have solved her case and would have ended up a person she didn’t like. So no matter what everyone else thinks it’s always better to stay true to yourself.