Enola Holmes (Netflix 2020 Movie)

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Streaming on Netflix is an entertaining period movie – Enola Holmes. It runs 123 minutes, so get your popcorn and enjoy.

Enola is the daughter Eudoria Holmes, the mother of the infamous Sherlock Holmes. By the time she turns sixteen, her older two brothers are long gone from the household and her father has been dead for many years. Her mother, played by Helena Bonham Carter is not your usual English lady. She has a mind of her own, secrets aplenty, and has given her daughter a very unconventional upbringing.

Enola wakes one morning to find her mother missing, and contacts her two brothers who show up. The elder brother Mycroft is the ward of his little sister and aghast that she is so unlady like. He plans to quickly send her off to finishing school. Sherlock on the other hand is like a dog with a bone, sniffing about the house looking for clues to their missing mother. Before her older brother has the chance to send her off, Enola sneaks out of the house dressed like a boy and vanishes as well. Her intent is to find her mother.

Her travels take Enola to London where she meets a young man along the way on the train who is a Viscount, escaping from his own home life. They soon discover that someone is out to kill him, and as they say, the game is afoot. Enola, of course, has left to find her mother, following clues Enola deciphered. They form a quick friendship but eventually part ways, yet their stories run along side one another.

The tale is told from Enola’s point of view, and this is one of those quirky productions where she’s talking right into the camera telling the audience her thoughts and what’s going on. The can either make or break a movie, and frankly it totally makes this very quirky and overly entertaining tale. It’s filled with mystery, coming of age young love, and enough danger to keep you on the edge of your seat. There are a few violent scenes that you may find disturbing, but be assured truth and goodness wins in the end.

Henry Cavill plays Sherlock Holmes, and Millie Bobby Brown who plays Enola is delightful. Sam Claflin is Mycroft Holmes, the elder brother, who is unlikeable.

With a great twist at the end, you will enjoy this movie. I do hope they make more of her adventures as a young detective who is just as good as her elder brother. I would definitely watch again.

Netflix Criticized For Appropriating Hallmark Christmas Movie Culture

It’s true!  I was cheesed into The Knight Before Christmas!

U.S.—Netflix has taken heavy criticism for committing the sin of cultural appropriation of cheesy Hallmark Channel Christmas movies.The accusations of cultural appropriation came as Netflix users noticed an increase in the number of corny, formulaic holiday films on the service. It was obvious, some say, that Netflix had appropriated the idea for the che …

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Bodyguard (Netflix 2018)

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Thank you, Netflix for purchasing the rights to show the BBC drama Bodyguard. No this isn’t a remake of the Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston hit. Rather, it’s a BBC One production that grabbed the United Kingdom audience and now gets to grab you wherever you are.

It stars the talented Keely Hawes and Richard Madden (who takes a while to understand his accent). Fantastic acting by all the cast, a nailbiting, tense thriller to keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat.

Richard Madden plays the character of David Budd who is assigned as bodyguard to protect the Home Secretary Julia Montague played by Keeley Hawes.  She’s a high and mighty politician while he is a former soldier dealing with residual PTSD but packing a gun. The story revolves around tense political scenes, terrorists around every corner, broken marriages, and love affairs. To top it off, it’s the usual well-done British show with the tense music in the right spots.  Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, the plot twists in a surprising direction.

Great British television!  There’s nothing like it, and this is one of the best.  Just read the reviews online, and you’ll see many agree.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (Netflix 2018)

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I have been overdue for a good period drama and waiting patiently for the release of this film. In anticipation, I ordered the book but found it to be a compilation of letters and not written like a regular novel so I put it aside.

After seeing the trailer for the movie version, I’m so thankful it’s finally out.  There’s no disappointment whatsoever in this touching story staring Lily James.  As usual, I find her adorable, and her performance goes well in this sometimes heartbreaking story that eventually has a happy ever after.

The story is about Juliet Ashton, an author from London, who receives a letter after the war in 1946 from a peculiar group of people who calls themselves The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society.  They are a book club that was formed on the Isle of Guernsey (a British island in the Channel), during the German occupation.  Curious about the group, Juliet travels to the location to meet those who make up the book club. In doing so, she learns of the years of occupation in which they endured and a very sad story about one of their members.

The story jumps back and forth from the present to the war, giving insight as to what actually happened to the characters now speaking to her in 1946.  Juliet wants to write about their experiences, but the club would prefer that she does not because of the pain it represents in their lives.

The others who star in the movie are some of your favorites, such as Tom Courtenay, Katherine Parkinson, and Penelope Wilton who does a wonderful job in her role. Add to the cast is Matthew Goode, and you have a well-rounded, experienced group of seasoned actors.

Though you may find the movie a bit slow in parts, it’s worth the scenes to take the slow walk on the beach or run around the pig pen to get the feel of the location and its people.  If you’re a period drama junkie or enjoy WW2 stories, check it out on Netflix.

SAFE (Canal+ and Netflix 2018)

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How does one feel safe in a neighborhood? Does fencing in the community help keep the boogie-man out or does it actually keep the boogie-man safe within? It’s a question that comes up in this interesting series entitled SAFE, which was done by Netflix and Canal+. It’s a pretty intriguing mystery with a surprising twist at the end. Just don’t Google the answer if a certain character makes it or dies before you finish all eight episodes. You are liable to read the spoiler about the end. Ruined it for me!  Dang-it.

The series is set in England and involves an English doctor with two daughters, one of which goes missing after a wild house party she attends. The daughter of one of the parents in the fenced neighborhood has a wild drinking and drug party while her parents are away. Unfortunately, when the host steps outside for a breath of fresh air, she finds a dead body of one of the male attendees floating in the swimming pool.

The deceased is the boyfriend of Tom Delaney’s elder daughter, who hasn’t come home from the night before. As the police deal with the who-done-it questions about the dead boy, Tom is out searching frantically for his daughter.

His search uncovers all sorts of mysteries surrounding his deceased wife, and everything become very convoluted as the web of neighborhood deceit becomes stickier than ever. There are a few subplots along the way regarding others neighbors, and a huge secret that answers all the questions is glossed over early in the series.

It’s a good mystery.  Worth the watch.