Enola Holmes: what Sherlock’s little sister is teaching kids about feminism

The Netflix film Enola Holmes introduces us to the much younger (and perhaps more brilliant) sister of the infamous Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes.  The film is based on a series of YA detective novels by author Nancy Springer, and our heroine (played in the film by Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown) is a quick-thinking and fearless young woman who frustrates and amazes everyone around her in equal measure. We discuss who we think the intended audience is, and whether the film succeeds in delivering a feminist-minded moral to a younger audience. We also discuss casting choices for Mycroft and Sherlock, held up against Arthur Conan Doyle’s source material, and offer up some opinions on other recent adaptations.

Time Stamps:
3:37 – Main Discussion on Enola Holmes
42:04 – What’s Your Freq Out?
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Links Mentioned:
* “Is Henry Cavill Too Hot to Play Sherlock Holmes in ‘Enola Holmes’? An Investigation” by Emma Baty, Cosmopolitan, September 24, 2020 https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/movies/a34149946/netflix-enola-holmes-henry-cavill-too-hot-sherlock-holmes/

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