Netflix was smart to stay in business with Enola Holmes.
After acquiring the distribution rights to 2020’s Enola Holmes, a fun detective game based on Nancy Springer’s series of young adult novels The Mysteries of Enola Holmes, which was originally planned for a theatrical release, the streamer is now sharing with us that it was just as exciting. Enola Holmes. two”.
With Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown returning as the titular young detective and younger sister to the much more famous Sherlock (Henry Cavill), Enola Holmes 2 delivers all the gory fun of the original fourth installment. It is built around a rather interesting and well-crafted puzzle that touches on a cultural theme.
Again, as Enola repeatedly tells us throughout the film, the gameplay is very relevant.
Enola, who was introduced to us as a 16-year-old looking for his worried mother, Eudoria Holmes (Helena Bonham Carter), reintroduces himself to the audience after being seen breathlessly walking the streets of London during the launch of the new film series. hunted A few moments later, he was cornered by two police officers who beat him with batons and brandished handcuffs while taking pictures of his unsightly appearance.
Enola looked into the camera and said, “Maybe I should explain.”
He uses this seemingly awkward moment to remind us of what happened in his first adventure, involving the young Lord Tewkesbury (Louis Partridge, The Dogs ), with whom he is still in love.
He has since founded the Enola Holmes detective agency: “I’m going to join the ranks of Victoria’s great detectives,” he said, noting that he would also follow in the footsteps of his older brother, but with a smaller scale of business.
As the company closes, Enola is visited by young Bessie (Serana Su-Ling Bliss, “Belfast”), who hires her to find her sister.
They both worked in a match factory and, as we later learn, were inspired by the writer Jack Thorne and his co-author Harry Bradbeer, who at least partially worked on the second novel in the Springer series, Left-Handed Business. from the Match Girls strike of 1888 (the lyrics at the beginning of the film read, “Some of the following are accurate,” and Enola Holmes 2 deals with the dangerous mistreatment of workers at the time and has something to say about class and race.)
As Enola follows the leader, she encounters a large crowd including Inspector Lestrade (a returning Akhtar) and Inspector Grail (David Thewlis). Delving into increasingly dangerous waters that worries Sherlock as he gets over his anger at her after helping her get to an infamous Baker Street address after a night on the town, a job that requires too much wine.
So, Sherlock investigates his own case related to corruption in the government and the transfer of funds to a mysterious person. Among the many things Enola Holmes 2 has to commend it is its witty twist on the story of one of the detective’s eternal nemesis, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We will say no more about it.
We’d say this sequel slightly exceeded its expectations at just over two hours.
That’s the only criticism he can give to the other returning main character from the first film: director Harry Bradbury. With the help of his cinematographer Giles Nutgens (Hell or High Water) and other talented collaborators, Bradbeer (Killing Eve, Badass) takes us back to a vision of old London and creates We Wish to Stay Here. Have a nice tea and story.
We enjoyed every moment of Cavill (Man of Steel, The Witcher) on screen and yearned for more from the funny and charming Bonham Carter (The Crown).
In addition to the always-beloved Thewlis (Landscapes, The Sandman), other influential newcomers include two actresses, Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Dune) and Hannah Dodd (Scandal Anatomy), as well as wife Enola Delves. delve into your research a.
Of course, the most important work in front of the camera is done by Brown, who is always a pleasure to work with. For every moment when you wonder if you can make the most of an opportunity, there are at least three peaks. Some of his speeches before the audience, one of which was very short, were very interesting.
Brown also shines in the scene he shares with Cavill and Partridge; I wish there were more of both.
And we want more Enola Holmes. It looks like a third movie hasn’t been greenlit yet, but what reasons could Netflix have to stay out of this hot business for the foreseeable future?
Well, THAT would be a mystery worth solving.
ENOLA HOLMES 2
3 stars (out of 4)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for violence and gore)
How to watch: Friday on Netflix
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