FILM COLUMN – Enola Holmes 2

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Millie Bobby Brown in Enola Holmes 2.

ENOLA Holmes 2 is very possibly the most fun I’ve had watching anything on Netflix since the original film was released in 2020.

Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things fame is back once again in the lead role as the astute and gutsy Enola Holmes, who, fresh off the triumph of solving her first case, is now literally following in the footsteps of her famous brother Sherlock (Henry Cavill).

After opening her own detective agency, Enola quickly discovers there isn’t much of a market for a young female sleuth in the male-dominated backstreets of London in 1888.

And just when she is about to throw in the towel, after accepting the cold realities of adult life, a case lands on her desk.

Enola is tasked by a young penniless matchstick girl to find her missing sister – her first official case.

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As it turns out, this is no ordinary case. Naturally. And Enola is not the only one poking their nose in. In fact, it is already proving a perplexing mystery to the most renowned of private investigators.

Thrusting Enola into a dangerous new world – from London’s sinister factories and colourful music halls to the highest echelons of society and 221B Baker Street itself –  the game is afoot with a touch of deadly conspiracy at play.

The plucky young detective must call upon the help of friends – and Sherlock himself – to unravel this conundrum.

From the off, Enola Holmes 2 is a real rollercoaster ride, an absolute tonic for anyone who struggles to ever find anything entertaining to savour over on Netflix.

There’s oodles of fun and frolics to relish in this playful and bold whodunnit. And with a running time of 129 minutes, it moves along at breakneck speed, without ever stopping to catch its breath or drift off into the mundane.

Enola Holmes 2 is indubitably a whip-smart little firecracker of a family adventure.

(4/5)