Enola Holmes (2020)

Enola Holmes
Director: Harry Bradbeer
Writer: Jack Thorne
Based on: Nancy Springer‘s novels
Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Louis Partridge, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter, Burn Gorman, Adeel Akhtar, Susan Wokoma, Hattie Morahan, David Bamber, Frances de la Tour, Fiona Shaw
Seen on: 13.11.2020

Plot:
Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) grows up alone with her mother Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter), her older brothers Mycroft (Sam Claflin) and Sherlock (Henry Cavill) long moved out to pursue their own lives. Enola loves the unconventional, wild lifestyle she has with her mother that includes fight trainings and bedroom tennis. But one day, Enola wakes and finds her mother gone. Her brothers try to take charge of her, but Enola has to figure out where her mother has disappeared to. So she runs away from home to London to find her.

Enola Holmes is sweet fun that tries maybe a tad too hard at times at had me raising my eyebrows a little at the solution at the end. But it is still fun overall.

The film poster showing Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) in a red dress. Behind her is a magnifying glass and in that glass are the other main characters of the film.
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Mr. Holmes (2015)

Mr. Holmes
Director: Bill Condon
Writer: Jeffrey Hatcher
Based on: Mitch Cullin‘s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, which in turn is based on Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes stories
Cast: Ian McKellen, Milo Parker, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Philip Davis, Frances de la Tour
Seen on: 4.1.2016

Plot:
Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) is getting old. His mind starts failing him, but he knows that he still has one last open case that he wants to finish. So from his quite farmhouse, where he lives with the housekeeper Ms Munro (Laura Linney) and her son Roger (Milo Parker), he tries to comb his memory for the clues he missed back then. Curious Roger meanwhile manages to become a kind of confidant for Sherlock as they tend to the bees together and Sherlock tells him everything he remembers about the case.

Mr Holmes wasn’t bad, exactly, but it was pretty boring and rather sexist, so the good parts of the film didn’t really work out for me either.

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney
Based on: Arthur Conan Doyle‘s characters
Sequel to: Sherlock Holmes
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Kelly Reilly, Geraldine James, Rachel McAdams, Eddie Marsan

Plot:
A series of bombings has hit all over Europe, unsettling the political atmosphere so much that war is in the air. Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) suspects Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) of instigating the events. Unfortunately at the same time, Sherlock’s best friend and partner Dr. Watson (Jude Law) is finally getting married to Mary (Kelly Reilly) – and thus about to end their partnership. But Moriarty won’t leave Watson alone, so Holmes has to involve him in this case anyway.

The movie does do some things better than the first one, but overall it dragged a bit and wasn’t quite as satisfying. Nevertheless, I had fun.

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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Sherlock Holmes is the newest movie by Guy Ritchie, starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Mark Strong, Rachel McAdams, Kelly Reilly and Eddie Marsan.

Plot:
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his partner Dr. Watson (Jude Law) arrest Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) who is doing some black magic (including the sacrificing a virgin part). Blackwood gets sentenced to death and hanged. But it seems that it’s not the last we’ve seen of him.

Sherlock Holmes is fun. The plot sucks all kind of ass and the movie would have probably been better without any plot altogether. Guy Ritchie has already done better work. But the dialogues were good and Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law played with so much verve that it hardly mattered.

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