“Enola Holmes” – what people are saying about Netflix’s Sherlock Holmes spinoff

“Enola Holmes” – what people are saying about Netflix’s Sherlock Holmes spinoff
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Netflix seems to be churning out new originals every week, proving itself to have quite the impact in the film industry. Netflix recently dropped the new movie “Enola Holmes.” Directed by Harry Bradbeer (director of “Fleabag”), the film stars “Stranger Things” breakout star Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes, Helena Bonham Carter as Enola’s mother (Eudoria Holmes), Sam Claflin as one of Enola’s brothers (Mycroft Holmes) and Superman himself, Henry Cavill, as Enola’s other famous detective brother (Sherlock Holmes).

“Enola Holmes” wins over critics

“Enola Holmes” focuses on Sherlock’s teen-sister Enola, who escapes her misogynistic brother, Mycroft Holmes, while searching for her mother who has gone missing. Throughout her journey, she becomes a “super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord,” according to film database IMDb.

The film released on September 23, and reviews from both audiences and critics have come in. Currently on movie aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a fresh critic score of 92% based on 134 critic reviews, with the critics consensus reading “Enola Holmes brings a breath of fresh air to Baker Street – and leaves plenty of room for Millie Bobby Brown to put her effervescent stamp on a franchise in waiting.”

The audience score is slightly lower, scoring 74% based on 1884 ratings. Based on more than 50,000 reviews, IMDb have given a rating of 6.7/10 for the Sherlock spinoff. Metacritic has a similar divide between audiences and critic scores. Based on 29 critic reviews on Metacritic, the site has given a METASCORE of 68, indicating generally favorable reviews. On the other hand, its user score, based on 231 reviews, is 5.5, indicating mixed or average reviews.

There’s a new Holmes in town

Director Henry Bradbeer is known to break the fourth wall with his main characters, as he did in “Fleabag," and continues that tactic with this film. Enola breaks the fourth wall frequently, whether for exposition purposes or expressing her thoughts. Some viewers love the technique, while others believed it to be overused.

Despite audiences not seeming to enjoy the film as much as critics have so far, the majority of reviews from both critics and audiences have praised performances from the entire cast, especially from Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill. They also respect that the film manages to feel different from the many adaptations audiences have seen of Sherlock Holmes in both film and television, offering a unique approach.

Despite being recently released, “Enola Holmes” has already made it to Netflix’s Top 10 charts in many countries. Currently, the film is the No.1 movie in the world, as well as in 78 different countries.

“Enola Holmes” is available to stream on Netflix now.

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