As film theatres are still closed, streaming services continue to be the prime source of entertainment for Indians with internet access. And for now, new content that was produced before the coronavirus outbreak shut down most of the world’s economy, is still being released.
So far, the entertainment continues unabated.
One of the more popular recent releases on streaming services include Harry Bradbeer’s Enola Holmes. Turns out, Sherlock has another sibling that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never talked about, a younger sister called Enola — a sassy, spunky teenage sister of Sherlock who does not accede to the shackles that Victorian society placed on women. The film is based on the book series of the same name by Nancy Springer. The titular role is played by Millie Bobby Brown, while Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin essay Sherlock and Mycroft, respectively. Harry Bradbeer has directed a Jack Thorne script. Enola Holmes began streaming from September 23 on Netflix.
Enola Holmes received critical acclaim, scoring 92 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. The Indian Express’ Ektaa Malik gave it 3.5 stars. She wrote, “The film makes many subtle commentaries on the state of affairs, but they blend seamlessly into the screenplay, brilliantly written by Jack Thorne, who has earlier written the stage play for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Feminism and the female gaze are recurring themes, but they never get in your face. In fact, the lack of a chest-thumping speech is conspicuous by its absence. There is also a nod to ‘an idea of England’, and they could very well be talking about a post-Brexit England. Enola Holmes is a joyous adventure, and one feels giddy with delight to be a part of it. Just maybe there should have been a bit more deduction, a tad more mystery. But perhaps this is the beginning of a franchise, and Enola is just wetting her toes. It would be quite something to see how the two Holmes square off against each other as they solve crime in 19th century London.”