Enola Holmes 2
Onto the next release of the weekend and I have finished watching the new English film Enola Holmes 2 which is streaming on Netflix. This weekend is a dream weekend for female protagonists with almost all releasing featuring them in the lead. And it is about time that credit is due.
Now I had watched Enola Holmes almost a couple of years back and while it was a fresh spin off in the Sherlock Holmes universe, I wasn’t quite happy with the writing. The origin story of Enola Holmes was far too frivolous and scattered and less focused on the mystery at hand. It most definitely did fall short of my expectations and so I wasn’t quite curious when its second part was announced. I did not even bother watching its trailer and directly went into the drama. So then does Enola Holmes 2 manage to impress, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Enola Holmes 2 follows the story of a much settled protagonist as she seeks her second case to solve after opening up a detective agency lead by her. When the second case does eventually come, it is much more than she had ever anticipated. The story here has immediately a much better structure as compared to its first part. The story telling technique doesn’t meander much and it is consistently focused on the drama at hand. The screenplay standing at 130 minutes makes for a perfectly cooked up mystery drama.
The drama picks up from a runchase that breaks into an extended flashback that gives a picture of the protagonist getting her first case. The world building here was quick and I really liked that the sole focus of the writers this time around was on the mystery at hand which is shortly introduced thereafter. The sequence of events are interesting where the drama does nicely simmer on a slow flame thereby holding your attention throughout.
The drama is engaging and thoroughly enjoyable. There are frequent twists and turns that do keep you at the edge of your seat although the guessing game isn’t quite on(and to be fair this ain’t that type of drama either). Some of the old characters add some valuable subplots in the screenplay that makes for an excellent watch. The humour here is dry but well intentioned and brilliantly integrated in the screenplay. The drama also subtly touches upon the prevalent levels of patriarchy in the society that is smartly touched upon briefly.
The grand revelation here is a good one and the drama does meet with a logical end. But the portions after the revelation are slightly underwhelming and a tad too convenient for my liking. It almost felt that the writers were given a brief of quickly ending the drama without effectively tying the loose ends together. But taking nothing away from the screenplsy which is brilliantly penned this time around and atleast three notches better than the first film of the franchise!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are conversational and utterly impressive in communicating a rather cerebral drama. The BGM is staggering and adds a good amount of urgency to the proceedings. The cinematography is excellent and effectively captures the Victorian era! Director Harry Bradbeer who kind of was a mixed bag last time around in Enola Holmes, is in red hot form here. His story telling technique is less scattered and frivolous, and more effective and engaging this time around. The direction is excellent here!
The performances are excellent here. Adeel Akhtar as Lestrade, Sharon Duncan-Brew as Mira Troy and Hannah Dodd as Sarah all have their moments to shine. David Thewlis as Grail is stellar good and quite intimidating here. Louis Partridge as Lord Tewkesbury is quietly charming and sincere. Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes is brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes is really likable and affable with a striking presence in which she owns almost every scene she features in. Her constant breaking of the fourth wall(from part 1 as well) was a great virtue of her character in a job done wonderfully well.
Enola Holmes 2 is atleast a couple of notches better than its first part due to its superb writing making it a brilliant watch. Available on Netflix and Highly Recommended!