Enola Holmes 2 is a turbulent and thrilling adventure that sees Millie Bobby Brown thrown back into action as Enola Holmes on her first case as a professional detective. From being chased through the chaos of the bustling streets of London, to dancing awkwardly in a bathroom, Enola sees her fair share of action and incident in Harry Bradbeer’s latest film.


Related: Stranger Things: Mysteries Season 5 Needs To Solve

With this family-friendly watch taking many directions with its plot, it is fair to say that there are plenty of crucial scenes spread over a lengthy two-hour time period. Each memorable moment helps Enola uncover the murder mystery that plagues its characters of all classes and all leads back to a group of working-class women being mistreated in the workplace.

Warning: This Article Contains Spoilers

GAMERANT VIDEO OF THE DAY

10/10 A Very Drunk Sherlock

Enola Holmes, along with her brother Sherlock and Lord Tewkesbury, studying a piece of paper

When seeking to solve her mystery, Enola encounters her drunk older brother on the street and must escort, or rather, carry, him home. It is a fantastic older/younger sibling role-reversal as viewers get to see another side to Enola and Sherlock’s dynamic. This is also the first time that the iconic 221b Baker Street location has been portrayed in the films.

Portraying Sherlock Holmes as comedic is a great alternative characterization and Henry Cavill performs this fantastically. He and Millie Bobby Brown have a great on-screen chemistry as brother and sister.

9/10 Murder, She Encountered

Enola Holmes looking directly at the camera with an angry look in her eye as she tries to evade police

Whilst searching for clues, Enola discovers a house in complete chaos and a woman murdered. This is the first real intense moment of the movie, with the scene suggesting that Enola Holmes 2 may be more chilling than its prequel.

Related: The Best Detective Board Games (That Will Make Players Feel Like Sherlock Holmes)

This moment is woeful and worrisome by equal measure. Viewers are also introduced to the slimy Superintendent Grail who instantly despises the protagonist and thinks she is not only an inconvenience, but a liar. These moments truly embroil Enola in the case and causes the police to come after her as a part of their murder investigation.

8/10 Chased Across London

Enola Holmes hanging from the gutter from a house looking shocked

This scene shows Enola running to escape the police from stopping her investigating the murder further. This scene is characteristic of what audiences recognize as an Enola Holmes movie as she escapes from the clutches of corruption. Even she herself acknowledges: “you’ve seen this before”.

Cameras follow Enola as she climbs the heights of London architecture to lose her enemies. It is arguably the best and main source of drama from the film as her fate quite literally hangs in the balance. It is not clear if she will win the chase, but it is a dramatic thrill to watch.

7/10 Dancing… In A Bathroom?

Lord Tewkesbury teaching Enola to dance in a large bathroom

Enola then attends to a ball and loses her way as she desperately tries to remember rules of etiquette that govern a high society that she does not approve of. In a last-ditch effort to uncover the information that she needs, Lord Tewkesbury steps in to save the day and gives her an impromptu dance lesson in a rather vast bathroom.

This scene is silly as it makes fun of what those at the time viewed as suggestive: waltzing. Romantic string music and a beautiful dance sequences between the two is the first time that explicitly indicates that a young romance may be blooming. It is also a testament to the wonderful on-screen chemistry between Millie Bobby Brown and Louis Partridge.

6/10 Mother To The Rescue

Enola Holmes and her Mother lying down in a carriage facing the camera in shock

Who better to break Enola out of prison than her own Mother? With a brief appearance from Helena Bonham Carter, she is accompanied by fellow suffragette, Edith, as the second dramatic chase scene of the film gets underfoot with a bang.

Related: Sherlock Holmes Mysteries To Read If You Love The Games

A turbulent house-and-carriage chase through rural woodland is comedic and outrageous in equal measures, as explosive effects and a crescendo of music dominate. There are plenty of following shots that are immersive and bumpy and viewers find themselves wincing and gasping at what happens next. Alongside the multiple twist and turns in the script for this scene, there is also a very heart-warming solidarity between the women, specifically mother and daughter.

5/10 A Confession Of Love

With Enola being too much in her own head and finally cracking the case herself, after fleeing jail, Tewkesbury blurts out his truth in a shock revelation. When Enola’s brain finally catches up with her, it is a very sweet moment when both of them admit how they feel about each other.

Although not quite perfect, Tewkesbury accompanies Enola on her case and make a sweet double act. The next moments after this scene are full of love and laughter as two young people slowly come to realize how they feel about each other.

4/10 The Final Act

David Thewlis as Inspector Grail from Enola Holmes 2 looking angry

It is apt that the final showdown of this mystery movie takes place in a theater auditorium. Fast-paced action sequences and an interesting police versus detective scuffle takes place as bone-chilling revelations occur. With plenty of dark corners and stage props and costumes to hide behind from, there is a clever use of space that really put Enola’s skills to the test.

This scene consists of great stunts that do not look too over-staged and are dramatic and deadly of equal measures. As Enola, Grail, Sherlock and other characters try to inflict genuine pain on each other, this part of the film actually holds genuine threat to Enola and her confidantes. It occurs to the viewer that this movie may end badly.

3/10 Moriarty Revealed

good to meet you sherlock holmes enola holmes

The key to this scene is a very surprising plot twist from a character that audiences were not necessarily expecting to see in this film. True to Moriarty, but also a new and unique re-interpretation of the character, a game was being played the entire time based on those who underestimated Moriarty.

Related: American Actors Who Can Do Convincing British Accents

Questions of society and success are woven into the scene in a clever and calculated way. These moments set this movie apart as this was a wild uncovering of a red herring with a dramatic reveal. Action taking place on stage made it feel like a true Shakespearean villain moment.

2/10 Female Solidarity

Sarah Chapman standing in her matchstick factory speaking to her colleagues

Full of drama and camaraderie, this final factory scene is full of power as Sarah Chapman reveals to her fellow workers that their lives are in danger because of their work. Overly dramatic performances from the main actors are overwhelming and moving and do well to show anxieties and fears that women faced at work during this time period.

The simplicity of the scene in terms of structure and script is where its emotion lies. Empowered in themselves and each other, the women and girls can take back their personal agency and their lives back through their actions. It is also great to see Bobby Brown is not the crowning glory of this scene and instead the focus is rightfully placed on the ensemble cast.

1/10 Final Credits

A combined image: illustration of the matchgirls strike/police protest, alongside a black and white image of real-life matchgirls outside of their factory

Finally, the real-life true story about the Matchstick Girls Strike led by Sarah Chapman herself is revealed. The film is based on the true 1888 industrial action taken by women and the film cements this lesser-known historical event into the film narrative.

These final moments create a warm end to a movie with a key and crucial message about empowering women and gives historical figures more of a voice. For a family film to convey this powerful message speaks volumes about the positivity of the Enola Holmes series itself. “It only takes one flame to start a fire”.

More: Movies Like Enola Holmes

bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo
bottikcointo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *