Enola Holmes (2020)

A refreshing film which balances many themes, it is relevant and appropriately paced.

Young Elona Holmes has an extraordinary life and education from her mother, which takes an unexpected turn when her brothers become her guardians.

Based on the first book on a series written by Nancy Springer, it has a unique approach and vision. Many cases and subplots unravel as the story progresses, which entertain and intrigue in equal measure.

Wonderful performances from the cast and especially the young decipherer in the making, excellent production values and enough twists and turns make it a joy to watch.

3.5/5

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The Crown Season 3 (2019)

Olivia Colman is brilliant as The Queen in the third season of the much awaited and acclaimed series, The Crown. Her every expression, twitch, inaction communicates volumes, bringing alive the stoic monarch on the screen.

Supported effectively by Helena Bonham Carter as her sister, Tobias Menzies as her husband and Josh O’Connor as her son, we see her many limitations, triggers, patterns and evolution as she completes 25 years of her reign.

As always the personal, professional and historical events are tied up in a rich and seamless manner, providing not only entertainment, but an education as well.

Oceans 8 (2018)

Director Gary Ross achieved a great balancing act giving these 8 talents good characters and effective stories.

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihana, Helena Bonham Carter, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson and Mindy Kaling make a stunning set of criminals!

You never come in between a girl and her diamonds. And when it’s 8 women and a heist of precious and regalia jewellery, you just watch the action and strategy unfold!

3/5

Cinderella (2015)

An age old tale which was retold by director Kenneth Branagh with a few new twists and turns and some bold Disney moves. Please read bold as code for when the protagonist, Lily James, actually stands up for herself in the most polite and dignified way possible.

Richard Madden, possibly prettier than Cinderella herself plays the role of Prince Charming, with ease. Fairy Godmother Helena Bonham Carter had a blink and miss role, which she did with her usual histrionical flair.

It was Cate Blanchett who walked the tight rope as step mother, who had to show us a new way of being mean. She descends quietly from civility to monstrosity, slowly becoming caricature-like evil. She achieves a new high for couture and nastiness.

The highlights of the film are the magical transformations that Cinderella and her team go through, not to mention the crystal slippers by Swarovski. The film is high on art and aesthetic value with a few warm ‘U’ rated Disney theme messages.

It makes you believe, if only for the duration of the film, that there can be ‘a happily ever after’.

3/5