Here’s our review of Enola Holmes. As a faithful follower of the work of Henry Cavill and the young Millie Bobby Brown, I had my sights set on the premiere of this film on Netflix.
Entering Enola’s world
This story progresses as if it were an album with conclusions from Enola’s point of view.
The first scenes of the film are a summary of what her life is like. We see all the skills that her mother taught her throughout her childhood. Before on her birthday, her mother goes missing. Now a 16-year-old teenager. Enola lets us know that despite having a lot in common in problem-solving and clue-solving skills, she’s not the female version of her brother.
But throughout the film you always know that Enola is one step ahead of her siblings. All while searching for their mother, as solving the mystery of her disappearance unravels.
Her character is very fresh and spontaneous. Without a doubt, the scenes narrated by her and the parts when we listen to her thoughts and points of view are entertaining. This is a touch that only Millie could give us in the development of this character.
Enola presents herself as unstoppable. A brilliant teenager who only seeks to be herself without following society’s rules. Of course, it is an easy resource to discover the inner world of the character.
The director managed to create an imaginative sense so that each piece finds its essential place before becoming part of a larger plot.
Now let’s talk about the character of Sherlock Holmes.
Perhaps we are a too little used to the Lonely Sherlock from the books. Or Benedict Cumberbatch’s withdrawn genius. Or maybe the charismatic and sarcastic Sherlock played by Robert Downey Jr.
Henry Cavill’s work here was serene, calm and organised. Perhaps a little submissive as a Holmes character, at first. We see him give in to his brother Mycroft’s influence, played by Sam Clafin.
Without a doubt, Mycroft’s was always written as an authoritarian and controlling person. He only wanted Enola to behave according to society so that her reputation would not be tarnished.
Returning to Sherlock. We see him go little by little investigating the disappearance of their mother and, at the same time, following the trail in search of Enola.
The only drawback in this film is that although Sherlock was not the main character, he could be shown to be a little stronger.
What can we say about the relationship between Enola and Tewkesbury?
We cannot deny that they had chemistry, and their scenes were most interesting and entertaining from the beginning.
To see that change in Enola’s interest in Tewkesbury. That sense of protection that is born in her. Then the turn that the plot takes in which Enola decides to leave the search for her mother in the background. Now to discover who wants to murder Tewkesbury. They keep us intrigued by who is behind this murder order.
I must admit I believed I had a culprit fingered during the film. But as the plot progressed, I confirmed that I was wrong with my suspicions.
Helena Bonham Carter
Although not so dominant in the film. The work of Helena Bonham Carter, makes itself felt under the stories and memories of Enola. How calculating she was at all times with her plan, leaving her the clues that Enola exactly needed to be able to know the truth. It was an interesting job as all the characters connected and created the perfect harmony to give us this entertaining plot.
For better or for worse in our review, it is clear to us that Enola Holmes is a free spirit who also becomes a great researcher like her brother.
With different methods than his, there is no doubt that she is a woman with all the strength of her endeavour. Not only to find her mother but to restore order to her life.
This film makes interesting decisions to show how Enola relates to her dead father’s memory. How she deals with difficult brother Mycroft. And with Sherlock who, shows some emotion and becomes part of the plot, almost unintentionally.
This is a fun and easy film to watch curled up in a comfy chair.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 7/10
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Loki Episode 6 – Review
Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
More to come
The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.
Introducing the big bad
We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.
She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.
Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.
Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.
Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.
Setting up season two
Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.
Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.
I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.
Phase 4 groundwork
It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.
There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.
But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
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