Parents' Guide to

Enola Holmes 2

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sequel has violence, peril, and positive role models.

Movie PG-13 2022 130 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 11+

Feminist upgrade, more messages, just a bit more scary…

This is a great film that’s great for the entire family. Tweens will definitely enjoy the fun in Enola HOLMES 2. It’s well acted, and it has a huge amount of messages such as perseverance and equal rights for all people. There’s some action that might fright kids aged 5-9. For example the bloody, stabbed corpse shown on the bed. The scene could be frightening, but it doesn’t last long and it’s very brief. You may want to skip that part if you have younger ones looking. The explosions and the martial arts are not a problem - - they are filled with humour and laughter, and they’re MOSTLY tween friendly. SPOILER ALERT: When the characters are stabbed, the killer is mistaken with a KNIFE PRANK knife 😂 However, mind out for a few guns at the end, and some falls, but no one gets severely hurt - - Still, (only in one scene) Enola is shown briefly hurt with some bloody scratches. The violence doesn’t last long, except from the ending, so the family can enjoy the film peacefully. Overall, great film for kids, families, tweens and teens!
age 12+

Rating of age 12 except for a woman's death scene.

Wonderful use of the English language and humour, will appeal to gifted children. BUT watch out for the scene of a woman's death with blood dripping out of her mouth, and a knife stab wound into her stomach!! A very graphic image, which stays on the screen for around 4 minutes altogether, and which is a difficult picture for sensitive or visual children to forget. One brief grown-up kiss between the main character and boyfriend. Plenty of suspense and scary music so it may be unpleasant for more sensitive people who prefer comedies.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (43 ):

Though this sequel doesn't quite live up to the creativity and excitement of the original, it's still an entertaining, well-acted, and finely produced adventure. Sequels generally start from a compromised place of instant comparison, and Enola Holmes 2 doesn't do itself many favors by incorporating so many flashbacks to the original. (Is this even necessary in the age of streaming, since viewers can refer back themselves with a click?) The references seem intent on focusing on Enola's childhood as an explanation for her character. But Enola is grown now, and her adult adventures are more interesting than her childhood lessons. Having her mother give her life and relationship advice as an adult in one scene is a more subtle touch, for example. Maybe this is a transition phase and Enola Holmes 3 will let grown-up Enola become more fully her own adult creation. For a franchise with so many feminist undertones, that would make sense.

And here's hoping the series does carry on, as the world and characters it's adapted and created are rife with possibilities. That is a great credit to the storytellers and actors, especially Brown (Cavill feels a little underused, though maybe he's just playing repressed), as well as to the production design. Enola's Victorian-era London is steely hued and fog shrouded, a combination of claustrophobic cobble-stoned neighborhoods and enhanced vistas of monuments and factories across the gray Thames. The wardrobe features equally subdued colors, which admirably serve the characters and story rather than distracting from them. Playing a baddie (intended to look "insect-like" via his costume design), Thewlis leads a cast of memorable secondary characters. It seems each new entry in the series will involve a historical event or person and bring in new characters for the follow-up. The mid-credits epilogue of Enola Holmes 2 opens the door, literally, to a potentially exciting addition to the cast.

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