Enola Holmes 2

Director: Harry Bradbeer
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 1.5

Precocious Enola (Millie Bobby Brown), who starts her own detective agency but can't get any clients, one day gets hired by little Bessie (Serrana Su-Ling Bliss) to find her lost sister Sarah (Hannah Dodd), who worked with her at a matchstick factory; elsewhere in merry old London, her big brother Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill) is having trouble cracking a case involving financial crimes.  I'll admit it's a slight improvement over the original - and it's smart enough to reference the female workers' strike at the Bryant & May company back in 1888 (corporations need to be held accountable for their actions) - and the cast is spirited, but it (like its predecessor) could have used judicious trimming (the bloat is evident) instead of dutifully checking off Netflix's "Talking Points" - when Sherlock's nemesis Moriarty is revealed, she comes prepared with a racially-charged rant, which feels off in a movie for younger viewers.  Also, some sympathy needs to be given to Tewkesbury (Louis Partridge): falling in love with a flighty and weird girl is a special kind of Hell.