From Enola Holmes on Netflix to Cosmos on Hulu

Joanna Estrada
September 24, 2020

"We did not have enough money for gas and so dad wouldn't drive me in (to London) unless I knew every line", she tells BBC News.

You can stream Enola Holmes with Netflix's 30 day free trial now.

The aesthetic clues in the new Enola Holmes film, released on Netflix today, are all there; fresh colours, rich locations, snappy cutting. Enola - who likes to point out that her name is "alone" spelled backward - is bright, clever, curious and, above all, resolute. She's so good here that even the character's tendency to turn to the camera and address the audience - which she does a great deal (seriously, this film has more asides than an adodecahedron) - never gets wearying.

After the disappearance of his mother, Sherlock Holmes, played by Henry Cavill, and his other brother Mycroft, played by Sam Claflin arrive in their hometown, to find out what happened to their mother, and that the popular detective with him whereabouts. Is she his daughter? But the most lasting lessons were those of character, instilling grit, independence and the understanding that Enola should not let society dictate her path.

As you have have gleamed from the title, Enola, is indeed related to the infamous Sherlock Holmes, but isn't almost as much of a goodie as her older brother. Clearly smitten, Enola also decides this floppy-haired fop needs a bit of rescuing, even as she continues to search for her missing mother. Enola, however, has no interest in corsets, school or being finished.

With bowler-hatted assassins and her brothers on the chase, a maybe-not-quite-useless boy and gunpowder stores drumming up the works, Enola has to keep one step ahead.

Millie Bobby Brown's parents could barely afford to get her to auditions before she booked her break-out role on "Stranger Things".

They will, of course, meet again, and Tewksbury will prove to be unexpectedly resourceful even as he fills the damoiseau en détresse role, his catchphrase being, "I'm not an idiot, you know". And as unlikely as it may have seemed at the outset, the fate of Britain hangs in the balance.

In that sense, Enola Holmes, even with its 19th century setting, is a modern story with a 21st century sensibility, embodied within Brown's plucky heroine who refuses to accept what's expected of her. It might all add up once you learn that the director is Harry Bradbeer.

Adapted by Jack Thorne, the fiendishly prolific writer of theater, television and film, "Enola Holmes" is nothing short of thrilling in its mix of action, humor, mystery and even the early stirrings of romance.

Enola Holmes is set against the political backdrop of the 1884 Reform Act, a bill which sought to expand voting rights in the United Kingdom (albeit only to men who met certain financial conditions) while Eudoria is clearly a suffragette.

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