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On November 4th Netflix debuted the film Enola Homes 2 starring Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill and it is a simply a wonderful movie. Better yet, it is a film that can be enjoyed as a family and that you can watch over and over again. Whereas the first Enola Holmes movie, based on Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes Mysteries book series was a fun romp through Victorian England with Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes and Millie Bobby Brown as his teenage sister, with a lot of adventure thrown in for good measure, Enola Holmes 2 digs in a little deeper.

Whether it was the screenplay written by Jack Thorne and the story adaptation courtesy of Harry Bradbeer (who also directed) or Nancy Springer’s book that provided for more character development and a more complicated mystery to solve, the result is great and keeps us guessing.

Perhaps it is just the familiarity with the characters of Sherlock, Enola and Lord Tewkesbury (Louis Patridge) and the fabulous (can we say that again? fabulous) actress Helena Bonham Carter who plays Eudoria Holmes, the mother to Sherlock and Enola that gives us a jumping off point to plunge right into the plot. Susan Wokoma is back as Edith who along with Eudoria taught and continues to teach Enola how to fight back at the world and how to be an independent woman with feminist values, before the word was used.

It is always difficult to write a review of a film you are really enthused about, because you cannot go into the details of the juicy parts or you will spoil it for those who have not yet watched. Let us say this, after solving her first big case in the first Enola Holmes movie, Millie Bobby Brown’s character was set to embark on her own career as a detective with the hope of demonstrating to her brother Sherlock and her other brother Mycroft, who does not appear in this film, that indeed she can measure up quite well to the Holmes name. Alas, things did not pan out that way. Enola has an office, but no clients, that is until a little girl shows up and asks her if she can help find her missing sister. Oh my gosh the audience will fall in love with child actress Serrana Su-Ling Bliss, Enola’s new client. As Enola would say ‘the game is afoot!’

The onscreen chemistry between Henry Cavill and Millie Bobby Brown is why these films work so well. There are very strong suggestions at the end that yet another sequel will be coming to us and we can only hope that is true and that Henry Cavill will be available once again. It is sometimes difficult to remember that Millie Bobby Brown is still only eighteen years old and that she was even younger when this film was being shot. No longer the little girl Eleven from when Stranger Things first caught our attention, she is now a beautiful young woman, an accomplished actress and she has a thriving business in the fashion world.

There were a number of executive producers and co-producers for this film, too many to mention, but Millie Bobby Brown and her older sister Paige were two of the co-producers.

We meet for the first time Sarah Chapman, one of the central figures in this story and she is played wonderfully by British actress Hannah Dodd who we know as Francesca Bridgerton from Bridgerton and Flowers in the Attic, as well as Anatomy of a Scandal.

Riveting Riffs Magazine highly recommends Enola Holmes 2 and when Millie Bobby Brown looks into the camera and says ‘Tis I,’ and Henry Cavill turns on the charm, you will know you are watching the perfect film. Return to Our Front Page

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