Enola Holmes wins us with old school infused with Generation Z’s motto in life – equal right and freedom.
“You have no idea how it feels to have no power”
Superhero Fantasy Movie – An Ideal Family Watch!
Rated PG 13 and evidently, a benignly pleasant, light-hearted and ‘just a detective story’; Enola Holmes actually carries many explosives themes and messages in itself which are left to the viewer’s discretion. If you feel like picking those up … do so! Otherwise, just enjoy a simple superhero (with no superpowers) fantasy movie that makes an ideal family watch with popcorn and ice cream. (Yes it’s true)
So first I do want to mention, I completely fail to understand what’s all the fuss about Enola being Sherlock Holmes’s sister, eh?
The movie itself is good enough to hold its own and after some time, Mr. Holmes became completely irrelevant. It could have been any big brother trying to help out his sister.
As you must have heard already, it’s a story about Enola finding her mom, who suspiciously disappears one morning without telling Enola anything. Enola, whose name, if spelt backwards means alone was raised alone by her mother who ensured she not only acquires knowledge about literature and chemistry experiments, but is also well-trained in the art of self-defence and sports.
If I am being honest, I kept thinking that her mother was unfair to leave her like this at the tender age of 16, and no matter how strong or brilliant a survivor Enola might be, she was still a young girl deep down who didn’t deserve to be put through the ordeal of losing a mother. Towards the end, the writer-director offered an answer, and what a beautiful answer that was. Everything becomes worthwhile when Enola discovers the exact reason for her mother’s disappearance.
So What Reflects The Essence Of The Movie? See For Yourself!
“You have no idea how it feels to have no power”Enola Holmes
For me, this one sentence reflects the essence of the movie. From Enola having no powers, to making decisions about her life after the disappearance of her mother, to the women in Britain running movements for equal rights – the movie shows the struggle of the powerless and their journey to discover they can and must fight…
The movie is a journey of young Enola trying to find her mother and in that quest, she leaves her comfortable surroundings and faces the world head-on. She (unknowingly) becomes involved in the politics and freedom movements. Alonng the way, (surprise, surprise) might also find love!
Looks Like We Have A New Crush In Town! (Blushes!)
Girls, do I need to tell you we have a new crush in the town? I doubt if there is anyone who can escape from the charms of Viscount Tewkesbury, played by the 17-year-old Louis Partridge.
It’s not just his looks… his almost cute inability to save himself and ask Enola to save him sans any male chauvinistic ego just wins you over!
I have been wondering why I enjoyed Enola Holmes. I think deep down inside, we crave simple stories where humans like us are able to solve mysteries and bring about change all on our own, without the assistance of superpowers.
We needed a story where the messages of women empowerment, equal rights for all, regardless of color, cast or creed, girls’ education and marriage are not preached but advocated through a well-woven story and script. They are not the main theme but they are so strongly present that you cannot help but notice them.
Enola Holmes – A Complete Package To Win You Over!
The writer and director of Enola Holmes presented us with a complete package. It’s a detective story with action, traces of romance and some light moments with its share of witty dialogues.
Another reason I loved Enola, you ask me?
It saved you from listening to yet another tirade against men. The story didn’t just blatantly lay all the blame on men for women’s struggle in this world. It presented a balanced view by showing us how many women like Tewkesbury’s grandmother and the headmistress of the finishing school are also hugely responsible for advocating patriarchy, promoting misogynist mindsets and encouraging the never-changing political impasse.
Searching For An Incredible Family Movie?Enola Holmes Is The Answer!
My last but not the least reason, infact the most important reason for loving Enola Holmes is, that after a long, long time, comes a movie that we can enjoy with the family. Mothers can watch this one with their young daughters, sisters and cousins of all ages can bond over this story on a Saturday movie night. Oh, we forgot to mention… you can’t resist ordering your favorite food from foodpanda while enjoying the movie! It’s xo watchable with the entire family!
What to watch out for?
I did get a bit irritated after the first 20 mins of Enola’s monologue but then, before it got away from me, the plot took a turn all of a sudden and got super-interesting – the adventure had just begun and I wasn’t about to miss it!
The movie is generously sprinkled with witty comments, references, captivating and well-executed action scenes and of course, it’s pure pleasure to witness the young Enola rescuing prince charming.
If you love mysteries and solving puzzles, then you have hit the jackpot with Enola Holmes. The drop scene definitely guarantees more Enola sequels to come soon and I’m definitely looking forward to it.
Enola Holmes is rated PG-13
Rabia stays involved in various social causes. Believing in creating equal opportunities for underprivileged kids, she helps The Citizens’ Foundation, Pakistan, to create awareness of the need for providing quality education to children. At the same time, she is also involved with Singapore-based VWO, 4PM’s Ramadan on Wheels project by supporting it through the FUCHSIA platform. At FUCHSIA, Rabia oversees the Marketing and Public Relations work. She is also part of the Editing Team in conceptualising articles and monthly issues.