Enola Holmes 2 is the continuation of an unexpected franchise from Netflix. I watched Enola Holmes for the first time this week in preparation for this review; when it originally came out, it was one of the movies that looked interesting but sat in my watchlist. It was fun to see a refreshing take on Sherlock Holmes, and that carries over into the sequel. Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill lead this ensemble cast in an entertaining mystery full of humor, action, and good old British charm.
Enola Holmes 2 Review
The film picks up right after the first with Enola Holmes starting her own detective agency, following in the footsteps of her famous brother Sherlock. Naturally, given the time period, Enola’s agency begins to fail as people don’t want to hire a female detective (especially when there’s the other Holmes available). This all changes when a little girl named Bessie arrives to have Enola find her missing sister. Enola happily takes the case, but she soon realizes her case is only a small part of a much bigger case than she or Sherlock could have expected.
Millie Bobby Brown has come a long way since bursting onto the scene in Stranger Things. While Eleven is an iconic character, Enola Holmes allows Brown to showcase her wit and humor more naturally. She does a great job leading the film and has great chemistry with the entire cast. That chemistry is particularly highlighted when paired up with Henry Cavill as the famous Sherlock Holmes.
Cavill is the latest pop culture Sherlock we’ve been treated to over the years, following in the footsteps of Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. However, Cavill plays a more kind, caring Sherlock than we’ve ever seen before. He wants what’s best for Enola, even though it’s against her wishes most of the time; he doesn’t want her to live the life of a detective like himself, even though she has the natural talent for it.
Overall, this is a fun Netflix film that you should check out this weekend, along with the original if you haven’t seen it before. Brown and Cavill are great together on screen, as well as David Thewlis and Helena Bonham Carter. There’s also a great twist towards the end, but I’ll leave that for you to uncover on your own! Netflix says that they’re looking for franchises of their own, and I’d say they have a good one on their hands with Enola Holmes.