This film is such a delight! Fantastic with a terrific cast, strong direction and complete screenplay. I loved the whole fast paced thing. So definitely not a kid flick, though it would appeal to early teens and beyond. This film is all about having a good time. That Millie Bobby is going places, I tell you.
All you need to know in a nutshell: While searching for her missing mother, intrepid teen Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and help a runaway lord.
The plots Enola has to unravel are ultimately fairly simple. The joy in the film is less about watching her figure things out, and more in the unfolding character dynamics. The entire cast is packed with big, cartoonish personalities, from a headmistress who seems almost erotically thrilled by etiquette to Viscount Lord Tewksbury, a foppish young man with a fondness for flowers and vegetation, whose apparent cluelessness seems to make him Enola’s opposite. Even Sherlock and Mycroft have been turned into novel, exaggerated versions of themselves. Mycroft is a stick in the mud who lacks the family’s trademark smarts, and Sherlock is much burlier and friendlier than most (if not all) of his previous iterations.
While it skews younger than Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s raunchy Fleabag, there’s a storytelling style and verve that is unmistakably influenced by that director Harry Bradbeer. Enola frequently breaks the fourth-wall to offer expositional soliloquies and witty asides, while still photographs and maps come to life.
USA 2020, 123 min, rated PG (action violence)
Directed by Harry Bradbeer
Adapted from a book series by Nancy Springer
Starring Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Clafin, Helena Bonham Carter, Fiona Shaw, Francis de la Tour, Louis Partridge & Burn Gorman