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Enola Holmes: a youthful renaissance for detective stories

The film released on Netflix shows that the stories of the enigmatic detective can be adapted to new generations .

Still from the trailer for the movie 'Enola Holmes'.

This is what the new Netflix movie left us: Enola Holmes. / Photo: YT / Netflix

LatinAmerican Post | Ariel Cipolla

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Netflix is always interested in releasing new content. In this case, they decided to make a film adaptation that was not released on big screens due to the coronavirus crisis, but that could be enjoyed through the streaming platform. The fact of taking an already built world, according to La Nación, generates problems with the heirs of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the emblematic Sherlock Holmes.

However this film leaves the character in a secondary plane, making us know his little sister, since the film is inspired by the novels of Nancy Springer. In the role of Enola Holmes, the protagonist, we have is Bobby Brown, known for her role in Stranger Things, which, according to GQ Magazine, confirms her as "a great star".

It is an adaptation that has a great cast, as the charming young woman is joined by actors of the stature of Henry Cavill (Sherlock Holmes), Sam Claflin (Mycrosft Holmes), Helena Bonham Carter (Eudoria) or Louis Partridge (Tewksbury) , among others, as detailed on the website From La Cuna. With such expectations, we decided to analyze what this film left us, designed for a youth audience and with feminist overtones.

Enola Holmes and adaptation to a youthful world

The first thing we have to say is that it is a film that, as you can imagine, is based on a character who already has an important career in the art world. We are talking about Sherlock Holmes, who, according to the Yold People website, is possibly the "best detective in the world."

We are talking about a complex, enigmatic and highly nuanced character, who already had some really successful adaptations, such as the BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch or the film series with Robert Downey Jr. Therefore, here the character played by Henry Cavill takes a back seat, delegating the limelight to his sister Enola and achieving a feminist perspective that was not seen before.

It is in this sense that the Ámbito website mentions that the Netflix production "takes a different look from the classic created by Arthur Conan Doyle", with a revolutionary tone and a peculiar protagonist. All this led to it being considered "a success", where the narrative of women takes on a fundamental role in a story that is "of the time."

Therefore, as explained by the specialized web Nation Flix, the film produced by Warner Bros, directed by Harry Bradbeer and scripted by Jack Thorne, becomes a new "symbol of empowerment for Netflix" as it portrays a brave and independent young woman, in a time when the power of women's vote was debated.

In this way, the performance of the main actress is essential to achieve a good affection with the public. From Infobae they highlight that Millie Bobby Brown "has fun in Enola Holmes", managing to constantly break the fourth wall to reveal the story of her mother, whom she must look for throughout the film, generating complicity with the audience.

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Thus, we are in the presence of an agile and entertaining film, which from its very conception warns us that it will be a film designed for the youngest.

It achieves a refreshing update on a series of old stories, but perfectly adapted to the date. All this, at the same time that HobbyConsolas clarifies that it is an "entertaining" and dynamic film, with some things that remind us of Harry Potter (the use of the train, the landscapes that lead to Hogwarts and even some actresses of the saga, like Helena Bonham Carter, Fiona Shaw or Frances de la Tour).

So, from CNet there is talk that the film "meets expectations", including two mysteries in one and a story of female independence. All seasonings that make, a simple but great movie. 

From the specialized media of Culture Leisure they speak of the possibility of a sequel to Enola Holmes, since the story has not ended yet, but everything felt like a way to introduce the characters and their world. Given this success, it is clear that the stories of the most famous detective in history are still more relevant than ever.