Like many people, I came to Sherlock through Netflix. The BBC series starring Martin Freeman as Doctor Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Detective Holmes in a modern-day setting introduced a new generation to the first superhero in Western fiction. Fast-forward a few years and Sherlock has run its course, but Netflix seems intent on recapturing that enthusiasm with a new take on the Sherlock Holmes universe (“Holmes-verse,” trademark pending) in Enola Holmes.
Unfortunately, while Enola Holmes boasts just as much star power as Sherlock and a bit more fun, it can’t match the BBC series where it matters most: the mystery.
From director Harry Bradbeer (Fleabag) and written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) based on the books by Nancy Springer, Enola Holmes takes Springer’s invention of Sherlock’s equally talented younger sister and casts Millie Bobby Brown in the title role. Henry Cavill plays Sherlock with sneering confidence that’s on par with anything Cumberbatch ever served up, Sam Claflin embodies a particularly cruel Mycroft (the least cool of the Holmes siblings), and Helena Bonham Carter plays their mysterious mother, who vanishes in Act 1, leaving behind a trail of clues only her daughter can solve.