Enola Holmes ★★

Teenage girl - feisty, capable personality, but hemmed in by tradition and now facing a life of rigid conformity - leaves home, disguised as a boy. It's an undercover Mulan remake!

On the surface it’s smart and cynical, but at its depths, it’s sentimental. It has a cheeky young heroine who talks directly to the audience and a lush, overly earnest score. It is distinctly English, with its atmosphere of Victorian London and its idea of England as a land of enchantment. It’s realistic in details and yet has an air of the fantastic. The result: it’s too intelligent to be truly horrible and too unfelt and uninspired to be any good.

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