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I just read the book(s) and it's an interesting compare/contrast.  I put it that way because the overall premise and rough outline actually is preserved, but countless details, including MAJOR character and plot notes are very different.  I wouldn't say either the book or movie is better or worse, because they BOTH work as stories, but they're very different when you drill down on things.  I say "books" because I did plow through all of them in the past few weeks, and there ARE a few elements of the movie that aren't touched upon until later books.  Consequently I'm only going to speak about things, for ANY of the books, in general terms, if they might potentially spoil later movies.

Just a FEW of the differences. A full list would be too big.

Enola is younger in the book. So big surprise. It's pretty standard that movies up the ages from children's books.  Tewskbury is MUCH younger.  He's a child. This is connected to him not being a "romantic" plot in any way.

Eudoria's reasons for leaving are quite different.  In a way they make much more sense.  Note that Enola is not left on her own in the same way in the books.  They have servants, and it's made fairly clear that she's meant to be taken care of by her brothers, at least in the short term. Eudoria DOES leave her hidden money in the books as well, but I think it's implied that's to give Enola options at whatever point in the future she needs it.  Also, Eudoria and Enola's relationship is much more distant in the books.  Eudoria is not this idealized super mom in them.  Arguably she isn't in the movie either, since we could argue the harshness of her leaving in it removes her from Mom of the Year territory, but conversely her eventually realized reason for leaving (not revealed till much later on, so it's definitely spoilery of later books, even if it won't likely apply to the movies) is far less selfish seeming.  Enough said about it though.

Tied in with Eudoria being less of the super mom, Enola has far far less skills in the books.

Sherlock is more of a dick, and Mycroft arguably less of one, than their respective movie versions.

As I said, there's far more that differs.  This is just to help note how different the books are, while not knocking them.

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On 10/11/2020 at 9:28 AM, Mabinogia said:

While I enjoyed the movie I think the plot was absolute dreck.

Yeah, I had to hand wave a lot of the plot.  But by the time Enola had the Marquess going back to the family home knowing that a family member fully intended to murder him, I threw my hands up.  I'm not really sure what she thought would happen.  It would have been an interesting, albeit sad, twist if the Marquess really died to Enola's poor decision.  But hey, all's well that ends well.      

I feel like Netflix original films tend to meander about 30 minutes longer than they should.   This one was no exception.  I found the Eudoria mystery more interesting, and while I appreciated the social commentary surrounding the Reform Bill, I started to lose interest when Enola willfully abandoned her pursuit of Eudoria to help the sheepish, handsome young male.  The two actors were adorable, I just didn't care.  

Still, Brown was great and carried the film.    

On 9/28/2020 at 5:23 PM, ursula said:

Edith was definitely a scene-stealer. She and Cavill vibed off each other extremely well in their one scene. I'm not usually someone who spots chemistry - still not convinced it isn't partially subjective - but I picked up on their own.

This was my favorite scene of the film. Not just because of the aforementioned chemistry, but it's satisfying that Edith read him like a book. Her line about Sherlock's lack of interest in politics because he's never known what it is to be without power and the world as it exists suits him so well was spot on and more pointed social commentary.  I thought her summary of the Holmes family was hilariously concise as well - a lost child, a puffed up misanthrope, a revolutionary, and....Sherlock.  Ha!    

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This was so cute.  I suspect it's one of those movies that would have gotten overlooked at the box office, but was able to find an audience thanks to distribution by Netflix.

Also, for those who have seen The Age of Innocence, Henry Cavill looked so much like a young Daniel Day Lewis in that movie.  I could not stop looking at him.

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So this is apparently by week to discover Susan Wokoma. She turned what could have been a very frustrating character in "Truth Seekers" into a genuinely moving and hilarious one and she's definitely delightful in this. 

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Finally saw this.  It was cute.  I'm not familiar with this book series, but based on the trailer this was very much what I thought it would be.  If there are more made I will probably watch them.  The plot was definitely dodging some holes, but it moved briskly enough and was sufficiently charming to keep me engaged.  I agree it could have been shorter.

Millie Bobby Brown did very well as lead, and I liked seeing the character stumble as much as she succeeded.  I was hoping to see her set up at Baker Street by the end, but it worked out okay.  I rolled my eyes a little at the teen romance, but there was respect on both sides and they both had their good points.

On 10/22/2020 at 8:28 PM, Kromm said:

Also, Eudoria and Enola's relationship is much more distant in the books.  Eudoria is not this idealized super mom in them.

This is probably more in keeping with having two sons like Mycroft and Sherlock.  I thought they were setting up Mycroft as the villain, but the grandmother was interesting.  Mycroft is instead the proper bureaucrat.  I thought it was odd that they referred to him as less gifted than Sherlock since in the Doyle canon that isn't the case.  Another notable change is the absence of a Watson in Sherlock's life.  Traditionally Watson is the window into Sherlock that lets the reader/viewer see his human side.  It seems Enola will play that role here, to the extent that Sherlock will appear.

I thought Henry Cavill was fine as Sherlock.  He's a supporting character/mentor here, so I didn't expect great emotions or revelations from him.  He was expressive when the moment called for it.  He was positively warm compared to some versions of the character.  This universe puts him in the position of not just younger brother but middle child, and that's an interesting dynamic.  I agree the scene with Susan Wokoma was good, and I liked the laugh of surprise and delight after his conversation with Lestrade.

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I finally got around to watching this and it was as fun as I expected. I knew MBB was a strong actress from seeing her on Stranger Things but it was a nice change to see her in a completely different role. This was an entertaining movie and most of that is due to MBB.

Like many others have said previously, I don't get the appeal of Henry Cavill. Maybe I just haven't seen him in the right role yet, but to me he's a blandly attractive guy with good but not great acting skills. He's fine but I don't understand his massive popularity.

On 9/28/2020 at 2:11 PM, Irlandesa said:

Edith (Susie Wokoma) also stars in another period detective comedy that takes place in the Victorian era called Year of The Rabbit so I was happy to see her here.

 

On 11/9/2020 at 12:58 AM, Featherhat said:

So this is apparently by week to discover Susan Wokoma. She turned what could have been a very frustrating character in "Truth Seekers" into a genuinely moving and hilarious one and she's definitely delightful in this. 

She will always be Cynthia from Chewing Gum to me but I loved her in Year of the Rabbit too. It's always great to see someone like her pop up on different shows. She really makes the most of her scenes, no matter how show minor her role is.

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On 9/24/2020 at 2:00 PM, festivus said:

He was fine but I don't get the hype with this dude. He's nice looking but he's always just okay. OTOH, I've never been that impressed with Sam Claflin either but I thought he was very good as the rigid douchcanoe,

Ok, Henry Cavill might not be the BEST actor, but my god, he is SOOOO fine to look at, he was especially nice to look at when he was on the Tudors.  And his acting to me, is better than say some of the other big names like Chris Hemsworth who to me, is just okay acting wise, and Henry Cavil imo is the better looking person if we are going to strictly go by looks here

 

As for Sam Claffin, I recommend watching the movie, The Nightingale, if you think he was a good douchcanoe in Enola Holmes.....

 

I thought this movie was good, but, kinda long? I would like to see a sequel, because i didn't like the way it ended...to open ended????

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I thought that Cavill was solid in this film, I think that casting Superman to play the part works with Enola's perception of her brother at the start of the tilm as this hero figure, I liked the way he played the scene where Sherlock is called out on his "politics don't interest me" stance.

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20 hours ago, AimingforYoko said:

No Mycroft?

Maybe Henry Cavill ate the budget? 

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I would assume that they're just announcing Brown and Cavill up front because they're the two biggest stars, I'd expect most of the main supporting cast to be back

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As a book reader, I really hope they bring in Cecily Alistair, AND make her more central a character than the books did.

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