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Enola Holmes Trailer Review

By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

We now have our first real look Elona Holmes, and the trailer is showing a lot of promise!

The film, based on the book series The Enola Holmes Mysteries, is set to focus on Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin) Holmes’ younger sister Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) as she begins her own detective career by trying to track down their mother (Helena Bonham Carter) who has mysteriously gone missing.

This movie adaption of the first book in the EHM series, The Case of the Missing Marquess, is due for release on September 23rd on Netflix after they secured the distribution rights after Warner pulled the film out of a theatrical release, due to the COVID pandemic.

Instantly, there is a real positive vibe from the tone and look of the film. Brown, Cavill and Carter are all fantastic additions to the cast and most films would be lucky to have that level of quality at their disposal. 

While not for everyone, I actually really enjoy the fourth wall break that Enola takes and as with every recent modern adaption of a Sherlock Holmes property, there has to be that distinct attribute. The Downey Jr movies had the slow-mo, Sherlock has the textual overlays and now Enola is talking directly to us. I like it and think it can be used to have a real positive impact on the movie and to help the story elements. Harry Bradbeer, the director, was also the director for Fleabag, which used this technique to critical acclaim.

Finally, I LOVED they used Hole’s ‘Celebrity Skin’ in the trailer, both within the instrumental score as well as the soundtrack. The connection of the song’s meaning and within the film as to what Mycroft and society expect from Enola, I.E. knowing her place in a ‘mans world’, was a nice touch.

Before we proceed, if you haven’t done so already, please check out the trailer below:

5 Things From The Trailer

The QUEEN Arrow

Over the introduction montage, we get various clips of Enola being tutored by her mother in a range of disciplines which enforce that she has taken it upon herself to ensure her daughter is raised as a fighter, of both the mind, of character and the psychical so that she can push back against, or rise above, the misogynist society that they live in.

This whole segment really sets the feminist tone very quickly and was really well executed. The shot of her being trained with the bow, in particular, enforces that notion that she is not to be messed with.

The Holmes Boys

We get our first look at Sherlock and Mycroft, and while seeing Henry Cavill at any time is always a good thing. God, he is a beautiful man! While I’m sure that Sherlock will be a more understanding character to Enola’s ambitions and standing in the world, I still don’t fully believe that he will be a total angel with some of his views. We’ve already seen that Mycroft is acting as the misogynistic vehicle to hammer home this time period. 

Finally, I really enjoyed the line “I’m presently on the way to collect my brothers”. Not that they are coming to her aid, more that she is taking THEM to assist HER. A subtle, but powerful line which is once again fitting with the film’s tone.

Lady In Red

Not only does the dress work from an aesthetic point of view for your lead character, but it also helps assist with the twist that to hide from her brothers she must become a ‘lady’. This is a contrast to two things, firstly of Enola’s own values and secondly from a story point that to hide, one would assume it would be a more traditional disguise, like the chimney sweep style boy she dresses up as. But no, the twist here is her disguise is something that is expected of her, yet it allows her to remain undetected from her brothers and will enable her to gain access to places and people as she unlocks the mystery of her mother’s disappearance. Brilliant!

Enola Marvel

Taken straight from the Captain Marvel playbook, we see Enola, being knocked down to ground then rising in defiance as both a child, in the past, and a young woman, in the present. The slick edit to transition between the two shots was used to great effect in the Captain Marvel trailers. I don’t care if people call this out as a copycat, because it really works and I will never tire of seeing it, not only from a visual standpoint but also for the powerful message it carries with it.

Going Out With A Bang

The trailer’s crescendo sees a wealth of flames and explosions, providing a nice action scene to accompany the soundtrack and voice over. The trailer builds up nicely throughout and leaves you with a great sense of excitement. It has done its job and I have gone from interested to wanting this movie right here, right now!

It was a brilliant trailer and sold the film perfectly. The tone, story and cast look phenomenal and Enola Homles could very well be on its way to big things!

What did you make of the Enola Holmes trailer? Let us know in the comments!

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