5 ‘Elementary’ Thoughts I Had While Watching Millie Bobby Brown’s ‘Enola Holmes’ Trailer. Mainly, Sherlock Holmes Better Watch Out!
Netflix has just dropped the trailer for one of its most anticipated films—Enola Holmes! Stranger Things‘ Eleven, Millie Bobby Brown plays the titular Enola Holmes, the youngest sibling of legendary British detective, Sherlock Holmes. He is played by The Witcher‘s Henry Cavill, adding yet another name to a list of absolute snack actors playing the part! (Where is the lie?) As for their third sibling, brother Mycroft Holmes, we get another treat in the form of Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, Me Before You). So, we’ve got one Holmes each from three big franchises. Let’s add to that some Harry Potter too, shall we? Helena Bonham Carter plays Mamma Holmes! The film also stars Adeel Akhtar, Fiona Shaw (hello Aunt Petunia!), Frances De La Tour, Louis Patridge and Susan Wokoma.
Enola Holmes is directed by British television director, Harry Bradbeer, who won a Primetime Emmy for directing Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag. He has also directed episodes of other award-winning shows like Killing Eve and Ramy. As for the screenplay, that’s by Jack Thorne, who wrote the musical series, The Eddy, for Netflix. Now that’s a team, isn’t it?
The official synopsis for the film reads, “England, 1884 — a world on the brink of change. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) wakes to find that her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) has disappeared, leaving behind an odd assortment of gifts but no apparent clue as to where she’s gone or why. After a free-spirited childhood, Enola suddenly finds herself under the care of her brothers Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin), both set on sending her away to a finishing school for ‘proper’ young ladies.”Alex Bailey | Netflix
Naturally, our girl’s not at all down with that. Because it may be 1884, but she has been taught to fight with swords and solve puzzles instead of fawn over gentlemen and embroider handkerchiefs by her mother. So Enola sets out alone (an anagram for her name!) to find her missing mother, and gets embroiled in a mystery of her own. And something tells me, she manages to outsmart her brother too!
Did that trailer just get you excited or what? It did me! In fact, here are 5 thoughts I had while I watched Netflix’s Enola Holmes trailer!
1. Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes is such a delight!
It’s always fun to watch her on screen, isn’t it? But as Enola Holmes, she pretty much enthrals! She plays a fun, carefree spirit and the mischievous glint in the eye is noticeable. She seems to have gotten the British accent on point as well, and in many ways, she seems perfect as someone raised by Helena Bonham Carter *wink*! Eleven was a lot about maintaining a poker face and learning how to emote, while with Enola, Brown sure gets to use a range of emotions. She’s already won my heart for being the most likeable Holmes sibling!
2. I’m so excited to see Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes!
Let’s not mince words here, so far the actors who’ve played the detective have been lookers, yes, but Henry Cavill is the most unlike them. RDJ and Cumberbatch were both lean and tall, whereas Cavill is super buff! I’ve always loved him Cavill in period dramas so I am really looking forward to his take on this legendary characters. Not to mention, Sam Claflin’s Mycroft is going to be interesting too!
3. A Sherlock Holmes story means clues and mystery. Bring it on, I say!
I mean, that is usually the best part about a detective story, isn’t it? The sleuthing, trying to figure out the clues before the protagonist does, and seeing if you’ve paid proper attention once the game is afoot! In this film’s case, the mystery surrounds a young runaway Lord (Louis Partridge) who Enola chances upon in her quest to find her mother. I’m sensing a romantic angle here, but then who knows!
4. That British humour, my dear lords and ladies, is absolutely divine!
Did you see that scene where Enola says she’s going to become ‘a lady’? Dry wit is British staple. And I have a feeling I am going to love every time she sasses either, or both, of her brothers! Especially, the fact that she’s the absolute opposite of what girls her age are supposed to be like back in the 1880s, it is going to be fun to watch her shut the misogyny down with her witty repartee!
5. Enola Holmes could be the feminist heroine who’s a cross between Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice, Jo March from Little Women and Elizabeth Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean!T
Was it just me or did you get major Kiera Knightley from Pirates vibes from watching Millie Bobby Brown in those dresses? Pretty sure some major swashbuckling is going to happen, because Enola has been trained by her mother. And the fact that she defies every single idea of the quintessential ‘little lady’, and manages to prove to her condescending brothers that she can hold her own, she’s the feminist heroine we totally need!
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Did you know that the Guinness Book of World Records has listed Sherlock Holmes as the most portrayed literary human character in film and television history, with more than 75 actors playing the part in over 250 productions? Let’s see, how many iterations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective Sherlock Holmes have we seen in the last decade itself? There’s the Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. There’s Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes franchise, that stars Robert Downey Jr. as the sleuth and Jude Law as his partner-in-crime-solving, Dr. John Watson. Then, there’s Elementary, with its spin on the whole story, in which Johnny Lee Miller’s Sherlock gets a female Watson in Lucy Liu. And let’s not forget the 2015 film Mr Holmes, in which Sir Ian McKellen portrays a retired Sherlock Holmes on a case.
With Enola Holmes, which is an adaptation of author Nancy Springer’s The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery, we get a whole new look at the Holmes family. And this time, not from Sherlock or Watson’s perspectives, which has been the norm before. Enola is also a huge contrast to an earlier iteration of the youngest Holmes sister, Eurus, who was the main antagonist on Season 4 of BBC’s Sherlock. She’s definitely not a ‘lady’ and that makes her full of unexpected and unbridled possibilities! Plus, I’d love to see a sis outwit her smug, know-it-all brother, wouldn’t ya?
Enola Holmes streams on Netflix on September 24, 2020.