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Movie Review: Enola Holmes

The new Netflix movie Enola Holmes has Sherlock Holmes, Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger Things, and suffragists, so it is relevant to our interests (Victoriana, feminism, actors who have been in geeky things). What follows is a joint running commentary and review by Tara and CarrieS, with additional input from Linden (age 16).

The plot is that Enola Holmes, younger sister of Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft Holmes (Sam Clafin, hiding his beauty behind a terrible mustache), is raised by her mother (Helena Bonham Carter). When her mother disappears, Enola runs off to find her, which results in her becoming involved in the affairs of another runway, the young Viscount of Tewksbury. Now she has to solve two mysteries. The first is where has her mother gone, and why her mother left. The second is who is trying to kill the Viscount, and why?

Enola disguised as a widow

Enola’s efforts cause her to encounter a jiu-jitsu teacher, the strict headmistress of a boarding school (Fiona Shaw), and a terrifying assassin (Burn Gorman). She also has several run-ins with her brothers. She is legally Mycroft’s ward, and he is completely unsympathetic to her and obsessed with making her a proper young lady. Sherlock is more sympathetic and pops up now and then to offer some wan encouragement and sympathy but not much actual assistance. I’d have expected better from Sherlock, but here we are. Enola also has a bit of a crush on the Viscount, who has a major and obvious crush on her.

CarrieS: This is a wonderful cast, but with the exception of the effervescent Millie, they seem to be phoning it in. It’s refreshing to see a sixteen-year-old played by an actual sixteen-year-old. Henry Cavill is much too sensitive and not discerning enough to be Sherlock so I’m just going to pretend he’s someone else. Honestly, this is the least Sherlocky-Sherlock I’ve ever seen. So much angst! So little ability to detect! The Witcher must have really worn him out because he always looks like he just wants a hug and a nap.

Tara: It’s not easy killing that many monsters! Seriously though, did you read about the Conan Doyle estate’s copyright lawsuit regarding Enola Holmes? It’s all because Sherlock has feelings, which seems like a stretch.

Furrowed brow emotions up ahead

[caption id="attachment_94429" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Henry Cavill as Sherlock with furrowed brow looking very large and mildly constipated But he doesn’t DETECT much, dammit![/caption]

I’m neither here nor there on Henry Cavill or Sherlock Holmes’s feelings. He’s…fine. Not great, not awful. And while I agree with you about everyone in general phoning it in, I still like Helena Bonham Carter’s performance. Maybe it’s because she’s one of my favourite actors going, but she’s playing the eccentric, feminist mother beautifully and I can see how she was able to mold Enola into the firecracker that we see.

Thank goodness for Millie Bobby Brown, because she is hands down, the best part of this movie. She’s acting her ass off! If she’s this good now, I can’t imagine what she’s going to be like in movies to come. Because I only watched part of the trailer, I’m a little surprised to realize that this is truly her movie. I thought it was going to be Enola solving crimes with Sherlock and that was not the case at all.

CarrieS: I dislike Enola talking to the camera but I do like that it lets us jump into the story. If you have to do a lot of info dumps you might as well be up front about it and get them out of the way.

Enola has ideas.

Enola says Perhaps it's a world that needs changing

Tara: I found it a bit annoying too, but then my husband looked it up and saw that the guy who directed Enola Holmes also directed most of Fleabag, so it’s making more sense to me. I like some of the other visual effects done with newspaper cutouts and sketches while she’s talking, however. Actually, I like the visuals in general. This movie is beautifully shot and I want to go hang around in the English countryside.

CarrieS: Ah, the love interest appears, the fabulously named Lord Viscount Tewksbury, Marquess of Basilwether.

Linden is enthralled. “We know he’s the love interest,” she points out, “Because he pops out of a bag, and that’s the romantic equivalent of the stork delivering a baby.” She says he looks like a pixie. I am grateful for her expertise on romantic attraction since he is literally young enough to be my son and it would be skeevy for me to comment. We both approve highly of his skills in botany. “Very cottagecore,” says Linden. We are both VERY upset that Enola is cutting his hair. Stay away from the hair, Enola. With his aristocrat hair he looks like Anthony from Sweeney Todd, and we LOVE Anthony at our house!

Tara: Okay, fair about his hair being very pretty (although yes, I could also be his mother, so ew). But! Enola was smart to cut his hair because a Very Bad Man is chasing him and trying to kill him! He definitely needs a change of disguise to go with the haircut, but it’s at least a start! I also love that her attitude with him is “I don’t care if you ARE a Viscount, because I think you’re a nincompoop. Stop wiggling while I cut all this hair.”

Lord Tewksbury, pre-haircut
Don’t touch the hair!

CarrieS: Further revelations about the love interest.

“Oh my gawd! He lives in a treehouse in the woods!” Linden is ded.

The subsequent revelation that he is in hiding in London as a florist has slayed her completely (this, I’m informed, is a big cottagecore thing and also a fan fiction thing).

Tara: What is a big cottagecore? I feel like I’m 95 now and need to go have dinner at 4:30 pm. I thought the treehouse was incredibly twee and questioned the idea of keeping that many books in a structure that isn’t watertight in England where it rains all the time. But I guess if he’s rich he can just buy more books for pressing flowers.

CarrieS: Apparently the online world, especially Tumbler, is very interested in “aesthetics” and “Cottagecore” is one of these aesthetics. It’s a look and a vibe based on a highly idealized version of living in a nice cottage in the woods. The magic of cottagecore allows one single person to build a complex treehouse and preserves the books within. Also it keeps you from getting dirty and there are no bugs.

Tewksbury picks mushrooms
Linden, our age-appropriate consultant, wants you to know that picking edible mushrooms in a beautiful field is a very cottagecore thing, and that this character is, ‘a pixie.’

Love interest jumps outside and Linden and I picture him standing outside singing the song from Sweeney Todd…”I feel you, Enolaaaaa…” We are having way too much fun. More fun than is actually warranted by the movie.

Tara: Good for Enola, saving the day yet again. I love how competent she is.

I have one massive gripe with this movie

Mycroft is an insufferable asshole to Enola, who is his ward after their mother takes off. He’s so condescending every time he talks about her or to her, and I wanted his face to get smashed along with the patriarchy that he’s so invested in reinforcing. Their bad power dynamic is so forceful that I was positive Mycroft would get some kind of comeuppance, even if it’s just Enola telling him in her own way to go eff himself. That NEVER happens and it’s such a massive letdown. The world is shitty and hard, so it was not enjoyable to see a smug adult man take pride in grinding down a teenage girl that’s in his care.

Wait, why are there so many endings to this movie? It’s reminding me of LOTR: The Return of the King. Are there credits to this thing?

CarrieS: We also kept thinking the movie was over when it wasn’t. At one point I realized I had completely forgotten about the mom and I’m not entirely sure what happened with her other than the hugging.

In the middle of the movie a woman gives Sherlock a huge truth bomb, a bit of reality that stuck out in a movie that is purely a fantasy version of Victorian England (so clean!). Sherlock faces off with a Black woman who runs a tea shop and teaches suffragists jiu-jitsu (a real thing that happened, BTW):

Edith: You haven’t any hope of understanding any of this. You do know that? Because you don’t know what it is to be without power. Politics doesn’t interest you. Why?

Sherlock Holmes: Because it’s fatally boring.

Edith: Because you have no interest in changing a world that suits you so well.

Sherlock Holmes: A pretty speech.

Edith: A scary one. And you’re intelligent enough to know that every word of it is true.

Damn, Edith.

Edith in her tea room
She can kill you with that teapot.

The verdict:

Linden: This whole movie gives me vibes like if Charlotte Bronte and Roald Dahl wrote a fanfic together when they were twelve. It’s a very pretty movie, with some nice cinematography and good set design. B.

CarrieS: Mildly amusing fun for the whole family, appropriate for all ages with the exception of a couple of violent bits. The romance is sweet but tepid and unnecessary. The plot doesn’t make sense and the Sherlock aspect is disappointing, but the movie has a lot of charm thanks to Millie and to a lovely, if highly inaccurate, look (so clean!). I liked the inclusion of people of color. If you don’t want your kids to see violence skip any parts with Burn Gorman in them. I’d say this is aimed at a younger (10 – 16?) audience but younger kids will be fine except for the Burn Gorman parts (seriously, he’s terrifying) and adults will be mildly entertained. C-

Tara: I watched this movie with my husband and another friend (Netflix Party + putting my friend on speaker phone = social distancing movie night). As soon as the credits rolled, my friend and I both said at the same time, “Well, that was a movie.” And that’s the most succinct way I can put my feelings about Enola Holmes.

I agree with both Linden and CarrieS that it’s very pretty and charming, but it has some serious problems. Not only is the plotting off, but the pacing never worked for me either and I never could get a sense of where we were at in the story arc. I didn’t hate it, but I can’t recommend it and if a sequel comes out, I’ll likely skip it. C-

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  1. Alana says:

    I watched this yesterday and wanted there to be MORE DETECTING!! Or more use of more of her unconventional upbringing than the jiu jitsu move that she can’t seem to master.

    I actually liked her speaking to the camera a fair amount, though they overdid it, except when she asks the audience for ideas, which annoyed me.

    Plus, I kept getting distracted by how much The Viscount reminded me of BoyBand Harry Styles…

  2. Blackjack says:

    I’ve been considering this but after reading this review, I’ll pass on it. I loved Fleabag though and am a little surprised it’s not better, but then Fleabag had such a great script and cast. I think actually I’m due for a rewatch of Fleabag.

  3. Georgina says:

    I enjoyed it! Millie Bobby Brown was delightful, Helena Bonham Carter was at her quirky best, and the whole thing was just fun. I do agree the plot was a little overstuffed, though.

    Hoping they make more.

  4. FashionablyEvil says:

    We really liked it in our house (me, husband, and almost 8yo) and it’s always a challenge to find things that suit all three of us. I was surprised to realize there’s only one film/episode because it definitely felt like the sort of thing where it would get better over time as the actors/characters/writers settled in. In any case, it was a fun and fluffy diversion (even if they are waaaay too clean. Seriously, how did Tewksbury’s suit stay so clean!?)

  5. Lilly says:

    Yes to comment above – tricky to find a movie for the whole family ( 40-something adults, 13 year old boy, 10 year old girl). Mostly we watch movies from the 80s but the women/minority roles are typically problematic. So this was great – inspiring main character, fast pacing, beautiful. Would be great to have a follow up story featuring a POC main character. My daughter is streaming it again this AM over her cereal.

  6. Ms. M says:

    This is a good review of a project that has a very unappealing premise to me (albeit with fine actors): Watch a beloved hero stand around and not do much while his previously unknown but more talented teen sibling takes the spotlight. Maybe that idea would appeal to kids or teens?

  7. I thought it was delightful — fun, fast-paced, and charming. I also liked the message about finding your own place/path in the world, despite what society expects. I really appreciated that, especially since I’ve been told more than once over the years that I’m so “independent” (like it’s a bad thing).

    Henry Cavill was actually in the movie much more than I expected. I thought he would just be a cameo so that was a pleasant surprise. And he looked quite dapper in that blue suit.

    I agree that there was a little bit too much going on and that the pace was almost a little too breakneck at times. I also would have liked to have seen more of Helena Bonham Carter and learned more about where she went and why and what kind of danger she’s in.

    But overall, I thought it was a lot of fun. I hope they do another one. 🙂

  8. HeatherT says:

    I really enjoyed it — I would give it a solid B-B+. I loved breaking the fourth wall, I loved the montage bits with Enola and her mother and I enjoyed Henry Cavill with a different take on Sherlock. I agree that it was jarring to have a Sherlock who was sensitive, but the Sherlock character has a long history of recognizing and promoting excellence, so I fit it in that box.
    As to the actors phoning it in — I would challenge that. All of the women were wonderful — Millie Bobbie Brown, Helena Bonham Carter, Fiona Shaw, Susie Wokoma (as the martial artist tea lady), and Frances de la Tour (as the grandmother) — the women ARE the story here and the men (other than the boy Tewksbury) are simply the props off which the women act. We’re so used to it being the other way around that I wonder if that might have thrown the reviewers off.
    Now, there were a couple of plot points that did have me at the end going, “here wait . . .” but all in all I found it a fun, smart, female-centric diversion. Nothing deep here, but fun in these difficult times.

  9. LG says:

    I’m about halfway through, at the moment (I’m finding it easy to stop and walk away from). I’m not wild about the introduction of a love interest (whose hair somehow looks professionally styled after Enola cuts it with a knife), and the “addressing the camera” stuff bugs me too. The movie’s Mycroft is my least favorite Mycroft ever, and I’m having trouble believing that Cavill is Sherlock Holmes. It’s got a certain amount of charm, though, and I’m glad Edith has gotten more than one appearance.

    I heard that the book was a good bit different, so I’m planning to read that after I finish the movie.

  10. LG says:

    @FashionablyEvil – “(even if they are waaaay too clean. Seriously, how did Tewksbury’s suit stay so clean!?)”

    And Enola herself! The first time she met Sherlock and Mycroft was minutes after landing in the mud. I was expecting her to have mud on her clothes and at least traces on her face when she met them, but nope, perfectly clean.

  11. Amelie says:

    As someone who was a big fan of the original books (minus the use of the g*psy slur in one book and an incredibly ill-informed depiction of corset tight-lacing in another), I really didn’t like this film!

    I was expecting a kid-friendly version of Knives Out (i.e. a twisty mystery that the viewer can solve themselves if they keep on the lookout for clues); what I got instead was something a lot more ill-paced, poorly plotted, and watered down.

    Thanks for the review!

  12. MMcA says:

    I’m in the really enjoyed it camp: it was exactly what I want to watch right now. Sherlock and Mycroft didn’t bother me (Mycroft so slim, so mobile, so much less-clever than Sherlock): they were almost so untrue to canon that I wasn’t comparing universes.
    Haven’t read the books, didn’t know there were books – I did say to my daughter half-way through that it felt like watching a book adaption – and we were both delighted to find out from the end credits that there were books, and would happily watch an entire series of adaptions. (I immediately downloaded the sample of Book 1, and wasn’t engaged at all, probably because I was expecting something more like the film.)

  13. Darlynne says:

    The trailer looked like all kinds of fun and I had to research cottagecore. Since it’s on Netflix and I’m allowed to continue or not, this may be diverting and interesting enough to stop the world for a while. Thanks, Linden, this is the first time I’ve read your observations and you are brilliant.

  14. Lisa F says:

    I really enjoyed it TBH – it’d be about a B+. I agree that some of the plot points yearn for resolution.

  15. My household watched this last night and we enjoyed it quite a bit. Despite not buying for an instant that Henry Cavill was supposed to be Sherlock. 😉 Though I did rather love Lestrade actually managing to throw him at the end, and now I also totally want to see Cavill in more period pieces because wow that was a good look for him.

    Another author I know told me on Twitter that he didn’t like how much of an asshole the story makes Mycroft out to be. I can’t argue with that, though I also wonder how much of this is Mycroft being seen through Enola’s eyes, and how much of it is the story making Mycroft be the asshole because it requires him to be so.

    We were also on Team Enola Honey Why in Gods’ Name Are You Cutting That Hair. 😀

  16. Marja says:

    I liked MIllie Bobby Brown and the movie was so pretty but oh-boyyyy the ”plot” was all over the place. Or more to the point, there were too many plots. I kept forgetting that it all started with the missing mother, when there was also the missing Viscount, a murderous maniac, a bastard of a guardian/brother and finishing school where they beat the feminism outta you. Oh and Sherlock was there too. Please choose a storyline and concentrate on that. It had so much potential and there were parts I like very much, but after watching the movie, the best I can say about is that…I watched it?

  17. Hot in AZ says:

    I just watched it this morning with my girls (ages 5 and 7) and we all loved it. It was not too scary or inappropriate for kids and so much fun for adults. I would probably give it an A just for the whole family being able to enjoy something that was not insipid. An Helena Bonham Carter was great and I love seeing her in a role where she is not evil or insane for once.

    Oh and the Viscount’s hair badly needed cutting, I am way team scissors.

  18. Althea Walker-Hallam says:

    I just watched this last night with my partner last night, we both enjoyed it quite a bit.
    I agree there was a lot of barely resolved plot. Surely there are easier ways to make your grandchild a poliltcal ally? I haven’t read the books but that seemed the most flimsy plot line to me. I thought they were going to set up Enola in the boarding school so she could learn to fool people in society Etiquette and Espionage style. I thought her first real-world fight was a good illustration of how home lessons with your mother are not everything you need to know, but something she gets to grow from.
    It felt like a pilot for a show that isn’t going to happen. I would be well up for Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill solving crimes together.

    No problems here with Sherlock’s portrayal. There have been far more annoying versions. The softer version felt right for a story about his teen sister. I thought Henry Cavills’s delivery was very Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy- restrained but expressive with it. Mycroft was a very recognisable Victorian authority figure to me, but maybe dialed up a lot higher than everyone else in this very rose-tinted version of history.They do make multiple references to him being a caricature.
    Lastly, it was lovely to see Susie Wokoma, comedian and frequent co-host of the Guilty Feminist doing her thing.

  19. chacha1 says:

    Haven’t read the book(s) and won’t see the movie because we don’t have Netflix, but I’m always interested in things Holmes. Bit disappointing, this sounds.

    Though, maybe it’s just me, does anyone else think Louis Partridge should play Arden St. Ives?

  20. Bec says:

    I’d rate it a B, I enjoyed it! Oh please, the men were just eye candy, and you could tell right away, this was not Sherlock Holm’s movie. This was about a girl going on an adventure – which we hardly ever see! This was all about the fine female cast, and it was delightful. Pure escapism if you need a ‘smile on your face’ kind of show… just leave your brain at the door.

  21. Juhi says:

    count me as one who enjoyed this thoroughly (the anachronisms notwithstanding!). the unresolved plot-line with Mother almost feels like they’re readying for a spin-off series. I for one would love this to be developed into a fully fledged series!

  22. Mintaka14 says:

    We watched it for family movie night, and it’s not easy to find something that grabs two adults, a cynical 14 year old boy who doesn’t want to watch the kissing stuff, and an 11 year old boy with very specific tastes. We all enjoyed it, and Master Eleven watched it again the next day. I liked the fourth wall moments, and while it wasn’t perfect it was what I need at the moment.

  23. Hallie Alexander says:

    I watched it with my 17 & 11 year olds and we all enjoyed watching something together that nobody abandoned halfway through.

    Things that bugged us: the viscount’s suit staying white! Books in the tree house staying dry. And why Enola needed a love interest. I’m all for romance, but it felt forced and unnecessary.

    For myself, I wanted more of Enola’s mom’s story. There was just enough to piece their intentions together, but not enough to feel the emotional weight of it. The suffragettes could have been super interesting on their own. (A league of smart, diverse women wearing amazing outfits!!) As it was, they were reduced to sound bites.

  24. Msb says:

    Really looking forward to watching this.
    As to not believing that a loving uncle could want to crush a girl into the accepted form – well, read some history and learn …

  25. Leanne H. says:

    Just finished it and came back here to read the review again (read it this morning too). I agree that there were Too Many Plots, but for the most part I enjoyed this movie. One thing I liked (spoilers ahead for those who haven’t watched):

    When Enola was in disguise as a widow, she says, “Fear is the best disguise” (or something along those lines). Then later the marquess’s grandmother isn’t afraid to approach her and challenge her. I liked that moment because the grandmother was a widow, also. I thought there was something to be said there about shared grief and the way that previously overlooked members of society can be brave because of their trauma…

    … then I was a little disappointed because she turned out to be the villain. Oops.

    On the whole, though, I just kept thinking as I watched: how awesome would it have been to have this movie when I was a kid? To have a heroine who talks about how it’s useful to have hips, to have a strongly feminist message, to have someone like Edith (the WOC martial arts trainer) to look up to… yeah, that would be pretty neat. That’s not to say that Enola Holmes is *the* model of feminism (lol), but just that it’s nice to think about all the female heroes that young women of today have in media. (Now to get that number less skewed toward Whiteness would be great, by writers of color…)

    Anyway, a great review and, I think, a good movie for a Saturday evening of light entertainment.

  26. Lisa T says:

    We are also in the “loved it” camp. We watched it over netflix party with our friends and immediately made a movie night the next night with our kids. They (girl 11, boy 9) LOVED it, in fact I caught my son sneaky wiping tears at a dramatic moment when we think a character has been hurt.
    I also bought the books that night for my daughter and she has already read the first book, Enola Holmes and the Case of the Missing Marquess, and it is better than the movie.

  27. G. says:

    It’s a fun movie, but my main takeaway is that Edith should get her own movie or show. I don’t care which, I’ll take it gladly.

  28. LG says:

    I have now finished the movie. I rolled my eyes a bit at the “how did your sister get here before you?” part – Sherlock figured out the truth via clues, without any involvement in the main events, while Enola had to actually be in the thick of it in order to figure everything out, and even then didn’t realize who the real culprit was until the person literally walked in an announced it. If there are more movies, I hope they do a better job of depicting Enola as being brilliant, rather than simply good at swapping letters around in her head.

  29. Janine says:

    My 12-year-old nieces and I enjoyed it. It’s a rare pleasure to see teenage roles played by teenagers–I think this is the first time I had seen Millie Bobby Brown in anything other than “Stranger Things.” My least favorite part was Mycroft–that plot point could just as easily have been served by having Mycroft decide that having Enola at boarding school was much less work for him, and that would have been much more consistent with the Doyle version than turning him into a really stupid Victorian father-figure (which seems like way more effort than Mycroft would be willing to go to). I also thought there was going to be a turn where Enola figured out that she could learn things at school that would be useful later to go undercover as a lady (since her mother didn’t really teach that), but no. Fiona Shaw was sort of wasted. I will happily watch Henry Cavill do pretty much anything, especially in period costume, so I didn’t care much that he wasn’t very Sherlock-y.

  30. Emma says:

    Re: Henry Cavill’s appearance in this… there was a tweet a few months ago that slayed me, which juxtaposed an article about how he was into painting Warhammer figures, and another article announcing another Superman movie, and the tweeter said something along the lines of “Henry Cavill realized how expensive that s*** is.” Maybe his role in this movie is yet another project to fund his insatiable demand for Warhammer figures.

  31. Kat says:

    I think it helped knowing it was a YA book adaptation going in. I had fun with the camp style. I loved the Series of Unfortunate Events, and the unbelievable items had that flavor of fantasy for me. If I hadn’t learned all of the above before I watched the movie, and had only seen the trailer, I would have been sorely disappointed. As it was I enjoyed the movie as a bit of romp and beautiful filming.

  32. I’m definitely in the “loved it” camp. A gorgeous fluffy woman-centered costume flick — what’s not to like? The “too many plots” thing didn’t bother me while watching it because I was assuming it was a pilot for a series. (I’m just going to continue assuming that as wishful thinking.) I love that the proto-romance wasn’t a romance, but was just two teenagers crushing a little on each other in an age-appropriate way.

    That said, having seen the movie, I picked up the book it was based on in audiobook and have been listening to it as a fall-asleep soundtrack, which means that even though I’ve played the whole thing through half a dozen times, I’m still working out the plot. There are aspects of the book that are very different from the movie and not in a good way. A fair amount of pernicious stereotyping. A LOT more ahistorical “corsets are icky”. The close supportive relationship between Enola and her mother is functionally absent. (The book-mother leans far more toward benign neglect.) And the relationship between the two young characters is very different because Enola is 14 and the boy even younger. Given that, I think they made some excellent choices in adapting it for the screen. (And, alas, I’m not sure I’m going to follow up and get the other books in the series.)

    I’d give it an A- for content and an A+ for feels.

  33. Rosemary says:

    Rotten Tomatoes is usually pretty harsh, but it’s certified fresh at 95%. My family enjoyed it (I have a 10yr old boy). It was just the right amount of suspense and action for him. I liked the message and I thought Sherlock was just right (it would do no good for him to overshadow her in her story) and Mycroft did an excellent job of making all of us angry. That’s how girls were treated then. British women didn’t get the right to vote before American women did. We gave it an A.

  34. LMC says:

    @Amelie, I also read the first few books and found the Enola movie disappointing. In the books (yes, I know a totally different animal) Enola was ignored by her mother and brothers, she really is alone. I liked the reason that Mycroft and Sherlock never came to visit in the books (the mother would raise Enola and run the estate if the brothers promised never to visit. The Mother, meanwhile is overcharging Mycroft to build her own nest egg. Her husband chose not to leave the estate to her, she did not control the home she had run for years). The feminist oppression was more omniscient. A lot of the book was Enola discovering and deducing clues yet still ignored because she is young and female. The film was more action than mystery. That said, I did enjoy the look of it. Millie Bobby Brown was very charming.

    @chacha1: If you’re in a Sherlock adjacent frame of mind, there is a wonderful series of Charlotte Holmes by Sherry Thomas. There is another series of an older Sherlock Holmes and a much younger woman, Mary by Laurie R. King (I would probably find the age gap squickier now then when I read it 30 years ago).

  35. Juhi says:

    I have now read the first two books and am here to report that I LOVE THEM! The movie and the books are entirely different beasts but both are thoroughly enjoyable. The Victorian setting, the slightly sinister at times atmosphere, and the MYSTERIES are PERFECT fall reading imo!

    I love that there’s a movie AND A BOOK SERIES!

    I’d highly encourage peeps to check the books out too, with the caveat that the books are very different than the movies (and the first book is VERY different, plot wise, other than the fact of the disappearing marquess, than the movie). The second book is much stronger than the first. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

  36. Georgina says:

    For those interested in all things Holmes, there’s another Charlotte Holmes series I rarely see mentioned here: an YA series by Brittany Cavallaro that starts with A Study in Charlotte. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson are descendants of the original characters, who are real in this world. Charlotte is prickly and sharp in ways that I don’t think we allow female characters to be very often, and Jamie is a chronic over-thinker.

    I thought the first book was fantastic. I haven’t read the rest of the series yet.

  37. jenna says:

    I loved Edith! Edith can stay.

    I actually also loved Sam Claflin as Mycroft. His horror when he saw the state of the house was well done. Is it just me or did he actually have chemistry with the headmistress (my brain keeps saying “That’s Aunt Petunia!!”)? The parts where they do the awkward flirting was funny and was the first time I laughed out loud while watching. I want their story to be continued if there ever will be a sequel.

  38. Vegetables says:

    Spoiler alert: I was disappointed in Sherlock, as a character and an actor I love to watch, I was underwhelmed in his detecting and tepid personality. Maybe not because of Sherlock’s acting, but the script, it didn’t do him much justice. Sam Claflin as Mycroft was great, because I intensely hated him, but his position on the political issue at the end seemed to be very out of character. That threw me off right near the conclusion.

    Show Spoiler
    How is the conclusion of the movie that a (16 year old?) wealthy girl is going to get her own room and apartment in London plausible? It seemed very improbable, and I thought she would be living in the same house with Sherlock at the end. Also the conclusion her mother is now going to be gone, and going to start other revolutions?, particularly with bombs? So we’ve concluded her mother is now a
    failed would be terrorist?

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