Color us pleasantly surprised by this one. We’d heard about it, but honestly never gave it much thought after the initial reports of its casting and production came out. But this is a really fun trailer:
It’s a cute concept on paper, but we think a film like this is going to live or die on its casting. Going by the above, not only is Millie’s casting as Enola perfect (she’s really got that “plucky teenage heroine” thing locked down), but casting Helena Bonham Carter as her mother looks like a stroke of pure genius. We’d have loved a whole film with just the two of them, but alas, it looks like HBC goes missing for most of the film. In other news, Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes is honestly such terrible casting that we’re amazed it happened in the same film.
To be fair, he and Sam Claflin really do look like they could be her brothers. On familial resemblance grounds, it’s all good, but it just strikes us as weird to have Sherlock Holmes be this strapping, square-jawed bodybuilder dude. On the other hand, he’s good at playing smug assholes (which is why his Superman remains so controversial among fandom).
Still, this all looks great – literally:
Gorgeous costumes and sets, a grand adventure, Millie Bobby Brown getting to use her own accent and break away from the “magical creepy girl” role that she’s clearly outgrown, Helena Bonham Carter kicking ass in her own peculiar and idiosyncratic way, and – if nothing else – Henry Cavill to look at. We’re marking our calendars.
England, 1884 – a world on the brink of change. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) wakes to find that her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) has disappeared, leaving behind an odd assortment of gifts but no apparent clue as to where she’s gone or why. After a free-spirited childhood, Enola suddenly finds herself under the care of her brothers Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin), both set on sending her away to a finishing school for “proper” young ladies. Refusing to follow their wishes, Enola escapes to search for her mother in London. But when her journey finds her entangled in a mystery surrounding a young runaway Lord (Louis Partridge), Enola becomes a super-sleuth in her own right, outwitting her famous brother as she unravels a conspiracy that threatens to set back the course of history. Based on the beloved book series by Nancy Springer, ENOLA HOLMES is a dynamic new mystery-adventure that introduces the world’s greatest detective to his fiercest competition yet: his teenage sister. The game is afoot.
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