14 thoughts on “Enola Holmes 2 (2022)

  1. I enjoyed it; in particular the hat tip to society rules when Enola is trying to interrogate a suspect at the ball, and all the society people are aghast that she as an unwed woman is trying to talk to a man without a chaperone present. I do wonder what kind of clause Henry Cavill has in his contract though that says he doesn’t have to wear hats, when all the other male characters are wearing them?

    1. Of course she can talk to a man at a ball, the whole point of balls was for young women to meet young men! Interrogating one of course is another natter. Social rules would definitely get in the way of a female detective, especially one as young as Enola. A married woman would have much more freedom.

      1. She can talk to a man, of course, so long as they’re in the ballroom or the supper room or anywhere else there are other people. Slipping into an unused room or out on to a balcony to be alone with a man, that was another thing altogether. (Unless they were already engaged. Kipling wrote a poem in 1886 about a young man at a fancy dress ball in British India who has arranged beforehand with his fiancee to slip away for a couple of dances to ‘sit in the dark and spoon’; stress is laid on the fact that they are engaged and that therefore this is, if not totally proper behaviour, permissible.

        1. Oh yes, quite right. She can talk to him on the dance floor or when sitting out but she certainly can’t slip away with him! I know Enola’s mother had advanced views but Enola should know the social rules. She wants to question this man a ball is a very bad venue. Anyway she’s rather too young to be Out isn’t she? And how did she even get in without a chaperone?

  2. What is the deal with the hair? I don’t understand this repeated mistake in films. And I am not even a hobbyist in the area of dress history–most of what I know I’ve learned right here! But my dad’s older sister was in high school and college in the 1930s. She told me that even then, if a woman had long hair she needed to have it up to look “respectable.” You wouldn’t be fully dressed if your hair was long and flowing. (This rule wouldn’t have bothered my dear aunt and many of her classmates, because they had shorter hairstyles–I’ve seen her yearbook.)

    1. It’s also just not practical. I’m way overdue for a haircut, and I have to braid my hair or put it up for a lot of activities, otherwise it will get burnt, hot, painty, or fall in stuff.

  3. That shot of Enola in handcuffs in a paddy wagon– so back then, “snarky bitches” could actually call the fashion police and have you carted off for wearing “last season”?!?!?

  4. I’ve quite enjoyed these little movies and wouldn’t mind more of them, though I do wish the costumes and styling felt more grounded in the time–this is exactly the kind of series where anachronism is perfectly fine by me, since it’s not really presenting itself as serious historical material, but it’d be so much more fun if there had been more actual research that costumers then could have riffed on, especially research into how people of different ages/backgrounds/classes would have dressed. I do really like these films as a direction for Millie Bobby Brown’s career–I feel like talented child actors often are under a lot of pressure to “grow up” really quickly on screen to prove they’re not children any more, and it seems so much less jarring for her to play a plucky girl detective than to have to make a sharp turn into Oscar bait or sexualized roles before she’s even out of her teen years.

  5. “she’s the only person dressed all in black with jet jewelry. What is her deal, I wonder…?”

    Clearly stumping to be Trystan’s favorite costume!

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