Enola Holmes Review: Netflix’s Charming Take On The Iconic Characters

Our review for the newest Netflix hit "Enola Holmes" starring Stranger Thing's Millie Bobby Brown and Justice Man of Steel's Henry Cavill.
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Enola Holmes is Netflix’s summer adventure blockbuster released this month. Find out more in our review.

Enola Holmes already is a hit. It instantly went to the top of Netflix’s Top Ten movies and probably will stay there at least over the weekend. People really love the Holmes characters. The series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman was a massive hit and it seems like Netflix and Legendary now also have one in their bag: but now it’s Enola, not Sherlock Holmes.

Enola Holmes was directed by Harry Bradbeer (Fleabag) and is based on the book series with the same name by Nancy Springer. The movie’s cast really shines in the new Netflix release. Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) stars as Enola Holmes, accompanied by Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) who portrays her iconic older brother Sherlock Holmes. The cast also includes Sam Claflin (Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter) and Louis Partridge (Paddington 2).

The best part of the movie is actually the one they didn’t fully use. The chemistry between Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill. They have a fun dynamic together that’s so fun to watch. So much so that ultimately it was a little disappointing that Cavill’s Sherlock gets sidelined. But this movie is not about Sherlock, it’s about Enola and Millie Bobby Brown was the ideal casting. She fights, she cries, she jokes and for some odd reason she stares into the camera…a lot.

As already seen in the trailer, this movie breaks the fourth wall and it’s not exactly clear why. They used the technique way to often and it basically only worked when someone said something dumb and Enola gives an “uhh” look in the camera. There was no clear storytelling reason for the device. In fact it was so overused, that it started to get a bit awkward, because it felt like she did it every two minutes.


The technical aspects are solid. The production design is pretty nice, as is often the case with movies set in the past. The color grading was also a treat watch, as it was very blueish, giving the red dresses and brick walls of London an outstanding vibrance. The cinematography and sound design is solid, but there wasn’t anything memorable about it. The movie has an interesting style, with the fourth wall breaking and many scenes full of exposition, that work pretty well because of the solid editing.

Overall Enola Holmes is an enjoyable adventure movie, with a charming cast and is definitely worth a watch. As the film is already a hit and Millie Bobby Brown has already mentioned a sequel, this will definitely not be the last time that we’ve seen Enola Holmes.

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Enola Holmes Synopsis

When Enola Holmes—Sherlock’s teen sister—discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right. As she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.


Enola Holmes is rated Rated PG-13 for some violence and is globally available on Netflix.

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Finn Schlote

Finn Schlote

Finn thinks and talks about movies all day, has a strong interest in how movies are made and he loves great cinematography. Comedy or horror, arthouse or big-budget blockbuster, Finn watches everything. He is a passionate Blu-Ray collector and is still waiting for a Jumper (2008) sequel.