Movie Review: Enola Holmes

Della Johnson | Staff Writer

Enola Holmes movie poster

Director: Harry Bradbeer

Rating: 4/10

Review: Netflix’s newest project, the two-hour-long film Enola Holmes, is rated PG-13. This rating is, in some ways, misleading. Set in 19th century England, the story follows young teen Enola, younger sister of Sherlock Holmes and budding detective, on her journey to find her vanished mother. Through the usage of a few animated clues and inexplicable fourth wall breaking, young actress Millie Bobby Brown–best known as Eleven from Stranger Things–took the viewers along with her on a trip to London. So, why might the rating be misleading? For one, PG-13 movies often describe movies that you should wait until your teenage years and above to watch. However, if you count out the minuscule amount of violence, Enola Holmes doesn’t have the same mature themes or dialogue as other films of the same rating. This leaves the movie feeling more elementary, geared towards children rather than the proclaimed audience. It can be given this: there are actual teenagers playing teenagers. Shows and movies such as Riverdale and Mean Girls cast actors over the age of 20 to portray hypersexualized adolescents, so it’s refreshing to watch content where the teens look and act more realistically. But with an unsatisfying ending and an inconsistent narrator-type perspective, Enola Holmes falls short of being worthy of anything but background noise.