• Diana DiMuro

New Holmes, Who Dis?

Enola Holmes: a Nancy Drew for the Modern Age

Enola Holmes - the new Netflix film starring Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown - is straight-up delightful. The film is based on the Young Adult novel, “The Case of the Missing Marquess,” by Nancy Springer, the first in a six book mystery series starring the younger sister of renowned detective, Sherlock Holmes. When Millie Bobby Brown’s real-life sister, Paige, first saw Springer’s novels, she immediately thought her younger sister would love them. Years later, the two have teamed up to produce the movie adaptation. The film’s screenplay is written by Jack Thorne, and directed by Harry Bradbeer (Fleabag).

Enola Holmes is the type of story that I definitely would have been drawn to as a young adult. It features a strong female protagonist - quirky, but extremely intelligent - who manages to get into just as many scrapes as she gets out of. When I was younger, my mom gave me all of her old “Nancy Drew” books. I quickly devoured them and went searching for more at local used bookstores. Enola is a modern-day Nancy Drew, living in the late nineteenth century. Like Drew, Enola uses her powers of deduction to help others in need, but she seems to have more fun along the way. To add even more modern-day appeal to our heroine, she has the ability to stand up for herself - both mentally and physically - thanks to some training in Jiu Jitsu. But I am getting ahead of myself. Every hero has their origin story and Enola Holmes is no different.