A fun story with a new take on a member of the Holmes family.
Enola, played by the star of “Stranger Things,” Millie Bobby Brown, is the fourteen year old sister of Sherlock Holmes and twenty years younger than him. Although this character is not in the Conan Doyle stories, it was created in 2006 by American author Nancy Springer who wrote “The Case of the Missing Marquess.” Brown is magnificent in breaking the third wall and looking directly into the camera telling us her thoughts. She is charismatic and funny and is a joy to watch as she leads us on her journey. Innocent from the world, yet wise beyond her years, she seems like a walking contradiction to those who encounter her outside her home. Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes, provides the screen presence to play the iconic character but not take away from Brown’s performance. Helena Bonham Carter delivers another quirky, eccentric character who continually surprises us throughout the film. While Carter plays Enola’s single mom struggling to give her daughter the best homeschooling she can, she mysteriously vanishes and Enola must pick up the clues like her famous brother Sherlock would or end up shipped out to a school for girls by her oldest brother Mycroft, played with scheming glee by Sam Claflin. Along the way she meets a friend played by Louis Partridge and discovers chemistry with a boy. He is also on the run but in much more danger and Enola realizes that others may need more help than she does in life.
Deciding on which route to take will determine whether Enola discovers at this moment who she will become.