Original Content podcast: Netflix's 'Enola Holmes' is thoroughly mediocre

Anthony Ha, Jordan Crook and Darrell Etherington
·2 mins read
ENOLA HOLMES (L to R) HENRY CAVILL as Sherlock Holmes, SAM CLAFLIN as MYCROFT HOLMES, MILLIE BOBBY BROWN as ENOLA HOLMES. Cr. ALEX BAILEY/LEGENDARY ©2020
ENOLA HOLMES (L to R) HENRY CAVILL as Sherlock Holmes, SAM CLAFLIN as MYCROFT HOLMES, MILLIE BOBBY BROWN as ENOLA HOLMES. Cr. ALEX BAILEY/LEGENDARY ©2020

There's nothing excessively bad about "Enola Holmes," a new film about Sherlock Holmes' younger sister Enola. But there's nothing particularly good, either.

The film was originally planned for a theatrical release from Warner Bros., but Netflix picked it up earlier this year, after the pandemic shuttered theaters around the world.

"Enola Holmes" stars Millie Bobby Brown as titular adolescent detective, along with Henry Cavill as Sherlock, and they're both ... fine? Neither of them seems to be phoning it in, and Cavill is downright charming at times. And although Brown has admitted that she struggled to reacquire her English accent, she brings plenty of energy to her role, which includes plenty of fourth-wall-breaking monologues that fill the audience in on backstory and explain the solutions to not-particularly-puzzling mysteries.

As we explain on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, the film seems competent in virtually every respect, but thoroughly uninspired, leaving us underwhelmed by the results — Anthony to the point where he was pacing around the room and wondering about his life choices. But hey, maybe kids will enjoy watching it?

In addition to reviewing the movie, we also discuss Netflix's recent discussion to cancel "Glow" and "Teenage Bounty Hunters."

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If you'd like to skip ahead, here's how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:37 "Away" listener response
4:04 "Glow"/"Teenage Bounty Hunters" discussion
12:43 "Enola Holmes" review
29:17: "Enola Holmes" spoiler discussion