Movie Reviews

Enola Holmes (2020)

enola-holmes-movie-review-2020-posterDirector: Harry Bradbeer

Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Crime

Runtime: 123 Minutes

Main Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter, Louis Partridge, Burn Gorman, Adeel Akhtar, Frances de la Tour, Fiona Shaw

Plot: Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) is the young sister of Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin) Holmes. When their Mother (Helena Bonham Carter) goes missing, Enola follows in the footsteps of her family and starts to track her down, whilst Mycroft is set on enrolling her into an all-girls school to learn how to become a ‘proper’ lady.

My Thoughts: While the cinemas are getting barely any new movies at the moment (last night I watched a British romance about a pair of 60+ year olds who meet whilst walking their dogs), Netflix is treating us for sure. Never have I ever been so happy to part with £5.99 every month. I adored the BBC’s Sherlock show and Millie Bobby Brown is one of the best things about Stranger Things so I was so excited for Enola Holmes! On the whole I had a lot of fun watching it and I think it’ll be a great family movie for many.

We see the story through Enola’s eyes and it’s easy to follow with her character breaking the fourth wall constantly to keep us in the loop. Some might find it irritating but I’ve always enjoyed fourth wall breaks. You can just tell that Millie Bobby Brown is having the time of her life playing this character and rightfully so, with the elaborate costumes, energetic fight scenes and a fine sense of adventure. I love a good mystery and a shocking reveal but this was too simple for me and not anything like I got used to with BBC’s Sherlock. Which is, ultimately, unfair, because I don’t think the target audiences are the same.

The story is neatly tied up at the end and the whole thing feels very wholesome. I almost wish that the overall mystery hadn’t been solved because I’d quite like a sequel to be honest!

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Best Bit: Just the overall vibe of the movie is what makes it so great. It has this certain charm about it that just makes you smile, you know? This is the kind of movie we need in a year like this.

Worst Bit: Henry Cavill is NOT my Sherlock. I’m sorry Henry, I love you, I really do, and you won me over as Geralt in The Witcher, but your Sherlock pales in comparison in Benedict Cumberbatch’s. Cavill’s Sherlock has way too much heart about him and whilst it might keep in tone with the rest of the movie, it doesn’t sit well with me.

Fun Trivia: No reference to a younger sister was ever made in the original Doyle stories. Some readers have speculated that there could be another Holmes sibling, citing the fact that Sherlock never mentioned that he had a brother (Mycroft) until he showed up at Baker Street.

My Rating: 3 and a half newspapers in which I have hidden several riddles for you to solve…just kidding, I’m not that smart. Or am I?

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TV Shows

Stranger Things: Season 3

I’m so late to this party that not only has everyone left, but the place has been cleaned, tidied, and prepared for the next party! I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to watch Season 3 of Stranger Things but after watching episode 7 last night, I had to put the finale on straight after. I have so many feelings! Major spoilers ahead…

Although I liked Season 1, I wasn’t raving about it. Season 2, however, hooked me from the very first episode, I just loved seeing the cast grow up! Steve went from being my most hated character to favourite, and there were so many iconic scenes. I liked the start of Season 3 for the lighter moments like Daddy Hopper, and Max and El going shopping at the mall. It just felt like it took too long for the monster story to kick in, and I guess that’s why I didn’t race my way through the episodes.

Iconic is the best word I can think of to describe this season. From the Scoops Ahoy uniform, to Alexei and his Slurpee, Hopper’s beloved car, Joyce and her magnets, Erica just…being Erica, to the John Wick style shootout at the fair, there were just so many great moments to remember.

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And oh boy, what a whirlwind of a finale. The joy we all felt when Alexei won that Woody Woodpecker only to be distraught when he got shot down moments later. Wondering whether Joyce and Hopper might actually get together only to have him ripped away from us. And then, just when everything feels like doom and gloom…Dusty Bun & Suzie Poo save us all with their rendition of The Neverending Story. I’m going to go out there and say it – that scene was the greatest bit of TV I’ve ever seen.

Also, I know how it seems like a silly and small thing to focus on, but I loved how Steve & Robyn’s story ended with them becoming just good friends, after the revelation that Robyn reveals. It was such a surprise, and as much as I was hoping they would be a couple at the end, the reality was actually more satisfying!

Some characters I felt got pushed aside slightly this time. I loved Nancy and Jonathan in Season 2 but they felt completely wasted this time around. I’m not sure how much longer this show can continue without getting a little tired and repetitive, but I’m definitely in for Season 4!

Movie Reviews

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

godzilla-king-of-the-monsters-2019-movieDirector: Michael Dougherty

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 132 Minutes

Main Cast: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Ziyi Zhang, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds

Plot: Following on from the events of 2014’s Godzilla, crypto-zoological agency Monarch are left defending themselves against criticism from the government as well as a bigger threat in the form of the three-headed King Ghidorah.

My Thoughts: I knew I would regret not seeing this in the cinema. Not because it was a cinematic masterpiece, in fact, it was far from it, but the monster scenes are just so damn cool. Yes, they’re quite dark – although not nearly as dark as I expected after all the reviews, or maybe I was remembering that GoT episode where I could see naff all – but I’d rather that than be able to see too much CGI.

Where it falls flat however are the humans. I’m quite happy to have a story arc there, it’s needed to be honest otherwise the movie would be an assault on the senses, but I just didn’t care enough about any of the characters other than Madison, played by Millie Bobby Brown. Also, it could well be because I’m a big fan of hers because of Stranger Things, but I felt like she out-acted everyone else there without even trying. She’s too good for this movie.

At the end of the day though, I watched King of the Monsters because I wanted to see destruction and monsters, and I got plenty of that. I wasn’t bored at any point (although I did keep checking Twitter to see who won Love Island) and so really…my expectations were met! Am I crazily excited for the next Godzilla movie? Not really. Will I go and see it anyway? Absolutely – and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

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Best Bit: I’d heard that Mothra was a fan favourite but wow – isn’t she just stunning? In fact, all of the monsters are stunning. I also loved how in the credits, the monsters are listed with the other characters and are credited as playing themselves. That made me chuckle.

Worst Bit: Was I meant to laugh when that pilot ejected himself from his jet to avoid being eaten only to fly up into the monster’s jaws and get devoured? Because I did. That was hilarious. Also – anything that came out of Dr. Rick Stanton’s mouth made me cringe. What a gross character.

Fun Trivia: On the map showing the monarch sites for all the found titans, there is an area over Scotland as a nod towards the Loch Ness monster.

My Rating: 3 and a half moths fluttering around your bedroom at night. Just be glad they’re normal-sized…

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