Updated: Oct 31, 2020
Is Enola Holmes the Sherlock Holmes spinoff we’ve been waiting for? And was anyone actually waiting?
When I first watched the trailer for Enola Holmes last month, I questioned if Millie Bobby Brown was actually playing the title character. Not because I didn't recognize Brown but because the only other role I had seen Brown in was Eleven from Stranger Things which is the polar opposite to her role here (I think she has more lines in the first 5 minutes of Enola Holmes than in all 3 seasons of Stranger Things). It's unsettling to see Brown go 15 minutes without getting a nosebleed but after those first 15 minutes, you'll forget about Brown's past performances and fall in love with the vivacious, amusing, and endearing character of Enola Holmes.
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Enola's mother, Eudoria, always told her that, "you will be fine all on your own." yet didn't spend a day apart from her daughter. Eudoria was a fan of word games and made sure to teach Enola all about them. Word games became a way for them to communicate. She insisted on the name Enola for her only daughter, which Enola points out plenty of times, spells alone backward. Enola was home-schooled and practiced sports along with various physical and mental exercises with her mother. Eudoria was seen as free-thinking and independent, qualities that she happily passed to Enola. So independent in fact that Eudoria never bothered to introduce Enola to the world that exists outside of their rich estate. Their world was isolated and small. Then, one morning, Eudoria left, leaving Enola nothing but an arrangement of gifts and a string of cryptic clues, beginning the mystery.
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