‘Enola Holmes’ is a sweet beginner mystery for Netflix’s newest detective

'Enola Holmes' is a sweet beginner mystery for Netflix's newest detective

In addition to writing the famous Sherlock Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a fervent believer in fairies, seances, and real-life magic. Yet even with his prodigious imagination, Doyle could not have dreamed up a character like Enola Holmes. Enola, the main character of the eponymous Netflix movie based on author Nancy Springer’s The Enola Holmes Mysteries, is a plucky 16-year-old girl whose blood relation to Doyle’s famous detective is a footnote in her own adventure: Her mother is missing, there’s a marquess on the run, and with Enola on the case the game is most certainly afoot.

The dual mysteries at the heart of Enola Holmes are compelling despite creating more than a few plot holes that, while small, poke at the story’s credibility as a classic whodunnit. Jack Thorne’s script touches on many aspects of Victorian life, including gender roles, reform politics, family dynamics, and secret societies, and winds up saying very little about all of them. The story moves quickly enough to smooth over most of those bumps, however, and is especially fun when the audience lets Enola do most of the thinking.  Read more…

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