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 Or Benedict Cumberbatch’s withdrawn genius.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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Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review
Cobra Kai season four is out now on Netflix and the All Valley is back and better than ever. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
It’s January, and new shows are popping up everywhere. This brings us to the show that I and my friends have been holding our breaths for: the fourth season of the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai! After three seasons, I wondered if there was anything left to mine from the Karate Kid lore or the Johnny/Daniel dynamic. I am happy to report that this might be my favourite season yet! It manages to not only expand upon the universe it has created, but to bring in a new villain, who is so bad that he threatens to outdo even John Kreese!
Season four sets us off where the third left off, with Johnny and Daniel having joined forces to fight Cobra Kai. Their friendship arc is the glue that holds this season together. The story focuses largely on whether they will be able to pull it together and make their partnership work. As in previous seasons, their relationship has its ups and downs. The stakes are heightened, however, as the season leads up to the All-Valley Tournament. A bet between the three senseis – Kreese, Daniel, and Johnny – means that losing the All Valley is losing the title of sensei.
This season explores the ways that both Johnny and Daniel work with the kids. It also examines the kids’ struggles as they prepare for the All Valley while dealing with conflict within the ever-changing network of friends and enemies in the dojos. Robbie has left juvenile hall and decided to join up with Cobra Kai as a means of inflicting revenge on both his dad and Daniel. Tori and Sam continue their rivalry. And John Reese’s old friend Terry Silver (of Karate Kid 3 fame) shows up to kick Cobra Kai into high gear.
Daniel’s son, Anthony, who has largely been absent until now, faces his own dilemma when his friends begin bullying Kenny, the new kid in town. This soft-spoken middle school character brings us into the world of the younger kids, setting up yet another storyline. Kenny becomes the victim of a gang of kids (including Anthony), enduring round after round of bullying before Robbie takes him under his wing. After his induction into Cobra Kai, the formerly shy middle-schooler becomes a bully himself.
Shades of grey
This brings me to one of my favourite things about the show. The constant back and forth dynamic between characters makes us feel that anything is possible. There is no black and white in the world of Cobra Kai. Where the Karate Kid told us that Daniel was good, and Johnny was bad, this show gives us a very different point of view. It’s a world where we’re never sure who to root for. In this season, we even see Hawk make a return to the “good guys” side after giving up his spot at Cobra Kai.
With Eagle Fang (Johnny’s new dojo) and Miyagi-Do teaming up, the kids – and the adults – have to learn to work together. Of course, complications ensue. Johnny becomes jealous of what he perceives as Miguel’s preference for Daniel over him. Sam wants to learn both her dad’s karate style and Johnny’s, despite her father’s discouragement. Meanwhile, at Cobra Kai, Kreese is losing his grip on the dojo. His former war buddy, Terry Silver, puts off a rather benign appearance in episode one, growing more and more evil with each episode.
This season is lacking in many of the big fight scenes of the previous seasons, instead choosing to focus their energy on the characters. The All Valley Tournament features several great karate matches and offers a satisfying conclusion to Johnny and Daniel’s arc. In the end, Cobra Kai takes the tournament win, but Johnny and Daniel have reached an understanding.
Tori defeats Sam to take the women’s All Valley trophy but later overhears her sensei paying off one of the referees. It’s clear that Cobra Kai has pulled yet another fast one. But the season ends on an even more ominous – and unexpected – note. Terry Silver assaults the over-aged former Cobra Kai member, Stingray, sending him to the hospital. He then makes a deal with Stingray to blame the crime on Kreese. We end the season with Kreese in handcuffs, Terry Silver set to take over Cobra Kai, and the future of Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do uncertain. In a last shocking twist, Miguel leaves town in search of his biological father.
Although some may miss the school hallway throw downs, I found this one satisfying in a different way. It just goes to show that the ever-expanding Cobra Kai universe can keep bringing surprises season after season.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10
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