Enola Holmes central in new Netflix film Enola Holmes 2, but the sequel is still chock full of Easter eggs and references going back to the original Sherlock Holmes character. The Enola Holmes films are adaptations of the spin-off book series of the same name, but audiences familiar with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original books will recognize the hidden gems. Although Sherlock plays a supporting role for Enola in the film, his familiar backstory to the audience enhances the film’s world-building by referencing details from Doyle’s original books and anchoring Enola Holmes’ fantastic adventures in real Victorian England.
Together, Sherlock and Enola create a coordinating but complementary pair of siblings who bring an updated version of Sherlock to the modern audience. After the first Enola Holmes film, Enola struggles to establish her own detective agency, battling not only the misogyny and ageism of Victorian England that overlooks her genius, but also the immense shadow her older brother’s fame cast on her. throws. However, an unlikely case of a disappearing factory worker girl with no reward gives Enola the chance to prove her abilities as a detective. Unbeknownst to her, the case is bigger than a missing person and intersects with another case her brother is working on.
Sherlock Holmes Drug Abuse
Enola Holmes 2 refers to Sherlock Holmes’ drug use, but does not give the full picture of the extent of Sherlock’s addictions. In the Netflix movie, Enola encounters a drunk Sherlock Holmes on a street corner after being thrown out of a bar for drinking too much wine. While Sherlock was never portrayed as a drunkard in Doyle’s books, his overly indulgent demeanor isn’t that far from the truth. Canonically, Sherlock smokes and drinks regularly, but not too much. However, Sherlock is known as a cocaine user in the books and intentionally misused the intravenous narcotic to stimulate his mind, despite the effects on his body and Watson’s warnings. Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series Sherlock gives a darker and more explicit view of the detective’s drug use and how it affects his health, work and personal relationships. Given Watson’s concerns about Sherlock’s physical condition in the books, the change to a more straightforward Sherlock in Enola Holmes 2 doesn’t make much sense. With the focus on Sherlock’s teenage sister, however, Netflix’s Enola Holmes 2 may have taken a more family-friendly approach to Sherlock’s addictions in order to maintain a slightly comedic tone and appeal to a younger and more impressionable audience.
221B Baker Street
Sherlock Holmes’ address is as iconic as the character himself, and while it wasn’t an actual London address when Doyle wrote the books, a museum has been built near the real location to honor the fictional detective’s home. . In Enola Holmes 2, the audience has their first look at Sherlock’s apartment at 221B Baker Street when Enola helps a drunk Sherlock back to his apartment. As one of the largest Easter eggs excluded from the first Enola Holmes film, the Baker Street apartment reveal more firmly connects the film to Sherlock canon. Before the siblings go up the stairs to Sherlock’s house, the camera briefly shows the door of apartment 221A as they pass it, and Sherlock emphatically tells an annoyed Enola that he lives one floor above the unit, meaning she will have to help him stagger up the stairs. While the residents of Unit 221A have never been elucidated in the books, the film could hint at the appearance of Mrs. Hudson (Sherlock and Watson’s landlady) as her resident in the possible sequel. Enola Holmes 3.
The condition of Sherlock’s apartment in the film matches Watson’s description of Sherlock as “one of the most untidy men to ever distract a roommate” in “The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual”. Watson elaborates on Sherlock’s erratic habits and lack of organization:
Our rooms were always full of chemicals and criminal relics, which tended to wander into unlikely positions and pop up in the butter dish, or even less desirable places. But his papers were my big crux. He abhorred destroying documents, especially those related to his previous cases, and yet it was only once every two years that he would muster the energy to document and arrange them, because, as I mentioned somewhere in this incoherent memoirs, the bursts of passionate energy as he performed the remarkable feats with which his name is associated, were followed by reactions of lethargy, in which he would lie with his violin and his books, barely moving except from the couch to the table. Thus his papers piled up month after month, until in every corner of the room lay piles of manuscripts that were under no circumstances to be burned and which could only be stored by the owner.
The film stays true to Watson’s story, with papers scattered across the desks and floor in Sherlock’s apartment, and an open book that Sherlock steps carelessly on as he collapses into a chair. A testament to Sherlock’s true genius, but there seems to be a method to the madness. When Enola comments on the clutter of the apartment, Sherlock tells her not to touch anything, and when he wakes up the next morning, he accuses Enola of moving the documents on his floor, despite being on a floor in the first place. are spread invisibly.
Sherlock Holmes The Lone Wolf
Despite Mycroft (which is not in it) Enola Holmes 2) as an older brother and Enola as a younger sister, Sherlock does not seem tied to any semblance of family unity or any other intimate relationship in Enola Holmes 2. At one point in the film, Sherlock warns his younger sister: “don’t turn into me”. Sherlock says this in reference to his tendency to be alone, both in his work and in his personal life. As audiences may recall, in the first film, Enola explains that her name is spelled “alone” backwards, a bleak prediction of what her life could be if she wasn’t careful to act differently. Sherlock describes himself to Watson as a “never very social guy” in Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Gloria Scott”, testifying to his history of working alone and never having a real romantic relationship. Doctor John Watson is arguably his only friend in the books, and even with Watson joining his business Sherlock is never really and completely open to his partner, often hiding important information about business and about his personal life from his friend, colleague , and roommate. The fact that Sherlock is aware of his dysfunctional loneliness and his need for companionship, both in the books and in Enola Holmes 2 is good news for the spin-off film series, setting up the potential third film Enola Holmes 3 to introduce Dr. John Watson as the cure for Sherlock’s chronic loneliness.
Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty
Moriarty appears in Enola Holmes 2 as a cunning, underrated woman who loves puzzles and games, but also plays with Sherlock with intellectual challenges. Moriarty is one of Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis in the original books, a shrewd criminal who appeared in seven of Doyle’s stories and long evaded Sherlock’s arrest – Sherlock’s intellectual equal. Full name James Moriarty, the villain is a professor of high socioeconomic status in the books, and the character appears in both of Sherlock Holmes’s well-received modern adaptations starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr., respectively. Enola Holmes 2 takes a spin on the canonical villain by making James Moriarty a black woman of common status, overlooked and underestimated by her corrupt and elitist employer. She uses the false name “Mira Troy”, an anagram of “Moriarty”, and escapes the police at the end of the film, heralding her return in possible sequels where the public can see more of her ongoing rivalry with Sherlock Holmes .
Doctor John Watson
Enola Holmes 2s end-credit scene reveals the beginning of Sherlock and Doctor John Watson’s adventures together in the Enola Holmes universe and lays the groundwork for Enola Holmes 3 to get more original content from the Sherlock Holmes canon. Having previously rejected Enola’s proposal to become his roommate, Sherlock opens the door to Unit 221B Baker Street to see Dr. John Watson, who is also looking for a roommate. All of Sherlock’s stories in the original Doyle books are shot from Watson’s perspective, making Watson an indispensable character in Sherlock’s adventures. That Enola Holmes 2s Timeline Matches the Beginning of Doyle’s First Sherlock Story, “A Study In Scarlet”, Future Enola Holmes films are given the opportunity to draw on a wide variety of material from historical events, the Enola Holmes books by Nancy Springer, as well as the original Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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