Alone at Last - Enola Holmes Review (Contains Spoilers)
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This fresh take on Sherlock Holmes begins with a similar touch from the younger sisters perspective. Enola, alone spelled backwards, is an ambitious and yet naïve young woman who is off to find her mother who suddenly disappears the morning of her sixteenth birthday. This disappearance summons her brothers home, which despite her excitement, seems to be quite the issue.
Her eldest brother, Mycroft, finds her to be borderline repulsive and untamed as he refers to her as a wildling throughout the entire movie. Her seemingly 'favorite' brother, Sherlock, is on her side but also minds his manners in respect to his older siblings namesake. This leads the young Enola to runaway and find her mother, before Mycroft finds her.
The journey she takes is an entertaining one, with Enola showing off the skills her mother had taught her, and even makes a useless boy friend along the way. The chemistry between them is comical and sweet, progressing nicely throughout the film. Another budding relationship is that between Sherlock and Enola, to which we are clued in early that prior to her mother's disappearance, the two had been estranged.
The girl power in the film is loud, and tactful, compared to other films that attempt to portray the same thing. What I loved about it is that though the young Enola strikes a bit of a fancy with the Viscount Tewksberry, the story doesn't get caught up in 'young love'. In fact, it practically boasts the opposite, urging Enola not to sacrifice her goals for the weak and nature should take its course. Along the way, she learns that she needs to follow her own path and do what she believes is right in her heart. Which I loved. Millie Bobbi Brown's comedic and light hearted presence made for a refreshing take on the Sherlock series and Henry Cavill made it that much more enjoyable each time his baby blues and curly hair entered the scene. The movie proves to offer a family friendly good time with visuals for both adults and children, especially woman/girl empowerment. Enola kicks butt and is very smart, but also shown with poise and respect when needed. But she also showcased the vulnerable side too, all very realistic and I loved that aspect of the film. Even Sherlock showed a bit of emotion which creates even more of an attachment to the characters.
For this different and refreshing take of the Holmes series, I would definitely, without a doubt, give it an 8 out 10 rose bouquet. "Why not a perfect score?" you may ask, and it's because the
emotional factor didn't quite get me going, though close. Secondly, the fight scenes weren't as convincing as I would've like, with exception of the last one. I understand the writers staying true to the Sherlock franchise and he does a lot of talking with the camera, however, I didn't feel that during the middle of a fight scene that this tactic was necessary. Lastly, the hidden secrets with her mom were a bit of a let down come the end of the movie. She sees her mother and the explanation is kind of left up to interpretation. Her mother was an extremist, though I could appreciate what her end goal was, Enola managed to accomplish the same task in a much more dignified way. Which is acknowledged. But there was a lot of build up to what her mother was up only for it to fall by the wayside later in the story, that's always a bit off-putting for me with stories. Aside from that, truly enjoyed he movie! Glad to see Millie in another role and always a pleasure to see the handsome Henry in role where he has to wear a suit!
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