Millie Bobby Brown is a star!
We knew that she was a special performer in her time as Eleven on Stranger Things, but her second time playing the role of Sherlock Holmes’s little sister has shown that Millie Bobby Brown is fully capable of leading a franchise and that the best days are still ahead of her.
In Enola Holmes 2, we return to London to see where the first film left off. Enola was struggling with her new detective agency because of her client’s expectations and her brother Sherlock’s (Henry Cavill) immense shadow. However, a little girl hired Enola to find her missing sister, Sarah Chapman (Hannah Dodd) and the situation gets out of hand quickly, engulfing Enola in a murder case that runs smack into Sherlock’s latest case.
As I mentioned, Millie Bobby Brown is all over this sequel and she works so well. She is charming and engaging. When Enola breaks the fourth wall, she makes the audience feel as if they are a part of the story. Brown worked very well with her on-screen brother Henry Cavill, who makes a really great, if not unconventional, Sherlock Holmes, as well as the returning love interest, Tewkesbury (Louis Partridge).
Then we have one of the film’s antagonists, Grail (David Thewlis), who is exceptional. David Thewlis has been an awesome force in such shows as the TV series Fargo, Wonder Woman, the Harry Potter franchise, and Netflix’s Sandman. Thewlis is such an easy adversary that the audience could root against. It was a great performance from a great actor.
The story had a lot of twists and turns, but I did not have issues following it. Many movies with a storyline like this would be convoluted and difficult to understand, but this worked well too. It was really mapped out beautifully and combined with the different sections perfectly.
There are a couple of things that the Internet trolls will probably hate, but, without spoiling any of it, I found all of it epic.
Helena Bonham Carter is back again and the sections with her are so much fun. She and Brown work brilliantly together and I totally believed their mother/daughter dynamic. Carter is just one more member of an exceptional cast that brings the goods in this franchise.
Enola Holmes 2 is a ton of fun and entertaining as can be.