Enola Holmes 2 Review

You Can’t Handle The Sleuth


by Amber Sutton, Staff Writer

Enola Holmes– a movie released In September of 2020 about Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister going on an adventure to find her missing mother— recently came out with a second part on Oct. 23. In the second movie, we follow Enola throughout a new adventure, this time looking for a missing girl.

The movie starts where it left off in the previous one, with Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) out living her own life and making her own future. She can be seen opening up her own detective agency (which ends up failing eventually because of her age), when a young girl, Bessie Chapman (Serrana Su-Ling Bliss) comes in, wanting help with finding her missing sister, Sarah Chapman (Hannah Dodd).

We see many characters from the first movie return (Louis Partridge as Lord Tewksbury, Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes, Helena Bonham Carter as Eudoria Holmes), while also seeing new characters (Abbie Hern as Mae, Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Mira Troy) and other characters gone (Sam Claflin as Myroft Holmes)

This movie was done extremely well. The casting, acting, and overall appearance of the movie was done beautifully and looked amazing, fitting the last movie perfectly. Whilst this movie did have a bit more of a darker story, and surrounded things that were more violent, like death and murder, it still went along with the first movie.

As far as sequel movies go, this one was good. Enola Holmes 2 had twists, turns and shocking plot elements that likey left viewers in awe, but still made sense and was easy to follow. There was a nice balance of relationships, both family and romantic, along with the mystery and thrill. Many people think that the movie just repeated the one prior, but I personally don’t think so.

One thing they did do that I liked a lot was the “disappearance” of one character that didn’t show up again – specifically Mycroft Holmes. His character was one that I strongly disliked, and was very glad to see not show up again. Not only was he just overall rude, but he was very controlling, snobby, and borderline abusive. Seeing him gone was a breath of fresh air.

Good things aside, there is one thing about the movie I did not like, and it was simply how fast paced it was near the ending. Once one thing was found out, everything kind of happened all at once, and while this is realistic as most of the time things happen in a chain reaction, I feel they didn’t do a good job of showing all this. They also rushed a certain romance, and made the whole romance confession connected to the mystery being solved. I feel like this got things done, but it wasn’t done in the cleanest or best way. I think just adding a little more time into the movie could have fixed this. The run time of Enola Holmes 2 was 129 minutes, six minutes more than the first movie’s 123 minute run time, so it doesn’t seem like the time of the movie was an issue. Although I’m not 100 percent sure about what rules and restrictions there were with filming, like with Enola Holmes, which was released in 2020, and likely affected by COVID.

Overall, the movie was great, and complimented the first one well. I would likely watch it again, which says a lot for me personally, because I’ve never been the best at rewatching movies. I would recommend both of these movies to people, and rate it a 10/10.