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Enola Holmes 2020 Movie Review Poster Trailer Cast Crew Online
Director: Harry Bradbeer
Writers: Nancy Springer, Jack Thorne
Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin
According to the first full-length trailer for Netflix’s upcoming teen detective flick Enola Holmes, Sherlock Holmes’s younger sister has Fleabag powers of talking directly to the fourth wall in the middle of the action, Dickinson powers of being a rad teen with a modern sensibility in Victorian times, and Harriet the Spy powers of being a plucky kid detective/she spy. In a movie based on the books by Nancy Springer, Millie Bobby Brown will play the spirited Enola, who defies her famous older brother (computer technician Henry Cavill) to search for her missing, kooky mother, played kookily by Helena Bonham Carter. She also meets a cute boy (a viscount!) and learns hand-to-hand combat, so this movie really, truly does have it all. And in case you were worried that Helena Bonham Carter doesn’t wear a kooky fake mustache in the trailer, you needn’t. Enola Holmes premieres on Netflix September 23.
The first trailer for Enola Holmes, the Millie Bobby Brown-starring film that focuses on Sherlock Holmes’ brilliant teenage sister, has arrived despite Netflix being in the middle of a lawsuit over the project.
Enola Holmes is based on a series of books by Nancy Springer that re-imagines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s world by putting Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister at the heart of a series. Despite the focus of the film being on Enola, the lawsuit filed by Doyle’s estate has to do with Sherlock (played by Henry Cavill) specifically. Doyle’s estate is suing Netflix (alongside Springer, Penguin Random House, and the film production company associated with the movie) because of how Sherlock is portrayed; in essence, he’s far too kind. I suppose that comes through in the trailer. There’s one scene where Sherlock defends his spirited sister against his older brother, Mycroft, who’s upset that she’s… a human being, basically.
The lawsuit in general is pretty wild. Some court rulings in the early 2010s found that many Doyle stories are in the public domain, so Springer has the right to borrow from them without falling afoul of copyright rules. There are a series of 10 stories, however, that are still protected by copyright. The estate is suing because they allege that Enola Holmes lifts from some of those 10 stories, and therefore infringes on their copyright. If Netflix wants to use a version of Sherlock Holmes who cares about people, they have to license that version of the character as he’s different from the version available through public domain.
After the stories that are now in the public domain, and before the Copyrighted Stories, the Great War happened. In World War I Conan Doyle lost his eldest son, Arthur Alleyne Kingsley. Four months later he lost his brother, Brigadier-general Innes Doyle. When Conan Doyle came back to Holmes in the Copyrighted Stories between 1923 and 1927, it was no longer enough that the Holmes character was the most brilliant rational and analytical mind. Holmes needed to be human. The character needed to develop human connection and empathy.
Conan Doyle made the surprising artistic decision to have his most famous character—known around the world as a brain without a heart—develop into a character with a heart. Holmes became warmer. He became capable of friendship. He could express emotion. He began to respect women.
Regardless! This version of Sherlock Holmes does have feelings, and quite frankly I stan.