Two years after Netflix released the first film, Enola Holmes 2 reciprocates spectators to the world initially created by innocent adult novelist Nancy Springer, where the renowned detective Sherlock Holmes has a younger sister who also occurs to be a detective. Enola Holmes 2 continues the practice of cozy mystery from its predecessor, with entertaining routines from Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill. Where the foremost Enola Holmes movie was a small too scattershot, with too many disparate narrative threads to handle like a cohesive story, Jack Thorne’s writing for Enola Holmes 2 is much more elegant in how it ties all the aspects of the film together. The mystery of Sarah Chapman is just as complex as a witness might hope after the first film, and is sufficiently for Sherlock to keep his side in it.
Perhaps one of Enola Holmes 2’s only drawbacks is its inability to conform its low-stakes story with its want to be a high-stakes puzzle action thriller. Thorne’s writing and the focus of Harry Bradbeer, who also returns from the foremost film, turn a story about a lost girl and stolen government funds into a movie that contains a prison break and multiple outbreaks. There is a certain amount of action intrinsic to a story where a young woman knows jujitsu is key to her personality, but Enola Holmes 2 sometimes carries it a bit too far. It’s not so out of the left field as to be dangerous to the film, but maybe it would be best if the filmmaker’s abode Enola Holmes 2 is a cozy murder secret and the movie is delightful because of that, not in the meanness of it.
Altogether, Enola Holmes 2 produces a sequel that will demand fans of the foremost film, while also delivering an easy entry point for anyone who may not have seen Netflix’s 2020 movie. Those who wanted Cavill’s Sherlock in Enola Holmes will be extremely happy to see him more engaged in the story of the sequel, but this stays Brown’s franchise. She’s become a powerhouse and resumes to capitalize on her skill and charm to keep this film sequel engaging, and spectators will be won over by the better-constructed mystery and entertaining dynamic among the two Holmes siblings.