ENOLA HOLMES 2
Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, David Thewlis, Louis Partridge, Susan Wokoma, Adeel Akhtar, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Hannah Dodd, and Helena Bonham Carter
Director: Harry Bradbeer
One cannot deny the charm of Millie Bobby Brown (Enola Holmes), nor can one deny that Henry Cavill (Sherlock Holmes) should be in all things. Their engaging chemistry epitomizes the captivating appeal of Enola Holmes 2. Truthfully, the entire cast is chewing their scenes, milking every ounce of fun they can from the Holmes’ adventure. The sequel’s family-friendly motif slightly overshadows its mystery, so director Harry Bradbeer’s reliance on Guy Ritchie-style freneticism can feel out of place at times, but all-in-all, Enola Holmes 2 is a charming sequel that makes the prospect of a third movie a likable one.
Enola Holmes 2 espouses much of the same fun as its predecessor, but it is less structurally sound. The central mystery is interesting until the viewer solves it about halfway through, and even though the journey is entertaining, arriving at its conclusion can sometimes feel tedious (especially as a separate mystery contains far more intrigue). Subplots appear and disappear at will, certain characters seem more like placeholders than people, and the ending drags on for far too long. I’d like to say this was an improvement, but truthfully, it’s just the same package as before but in a less impressive box.