Enola Holmes 2 is the continuing story of the younger (and perhaps more capable) sister of the world’s most well-known detective. Longing to break free from big brother Sherlock’s (Henry Cavill) shadow, Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) has started her own sleuthing agency. Sadly, business has not been good. Most who come knocking at her door appear flustered by Enola’s age or—gasp!—that she’s a woman. But when a young girl seeks help finding her missing sister, Enola springs at the opportunity. Soon, what appeared to be a simple disappearance reveals a larger, more sinister plot. As she discerns allies, enemies, and motivations Enola embarks on her greatest adventure yet.
What works in Enola Holmes 2 is the fabulous mix of comedy, mystery, and mayhem. The collections of talent on display gels together for a movie that rides along at a pitch-perfect pace from beginning to end. To start, Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) has drafted an incredibly tight script. The jokes and references land at every turn which provides substantial depth to every single character. From there, director Harry Bradbeer (Killing Eve, Fleabag) takes over. Bradbeer continues to refine his craft and in command of his own sequel he pushes the limits with complex action sequences and excellent camera work—a carriage vs. horse chase is particularly thrilling. Finally, much love should be heaped on the lead. Brown is top-notch as she continues developing Enola into an independent and iconic role model as an independent, loving, smart young woman. Her performance alone is worth giving Enola Holmes 2 a watch.
Sherlock Holmes “purists,” or those who don’t enjoy mysteries geared more toward a young adult audience, may not enjoy Enola Holmes 2 as much as others. To start, Sherlock himself is a bit different than in other material. Cavill presents the man as more avuncular than normal with a natural charm that it would almost be impossible for the actor to shed. People more familiar with the socially awkward, sometimes gruff Sherlock may find this character modification glaring. Next, Enola Holmes is essentially a coming-of-age story where the hero just happens to be a detective. This means audiences should expect a certain level of budding romance intertwined into the proceedings—an atypical element for mysteries. It would be easy to argue that this enhances the story, but it is a notable change none-the-less.
Enola Holmes 2 is a fantastic family film. As established, the writing, directing, and performances are exceptional, but the movie excels in other areas as well including music, story, production design, and even costumes. Enola Holmes 2 is the whole package ang comes very highly recommended.
Audiences can find Enola Holmes 2 now streaming on Netflix.