Millie Bobby Brown’s young sleuth is back in “Enola Holmes 2.” Following the success of her first Netflix outing, Enola is back for a new adventure in which she must team up with her more famous brother, Sherlock (Henry Cavill) to solve the case of a missing girl that soon unravels a much bigger conspiracy. With the film looking to be another success for the streaming service, it’s clear that people are hungry for a fun, good old fashioned mystery. No matter the case, whether amateurs or professionals, audiences can’t get enough of detectives hot on the trail of the latest mystery or unsolved crime. If you loved “Enola Holmes 2”, here are seven more movie mysteries to hold you over until the next installment.
1. “Enola Holmes”
When her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) goes missing, and brother Sherlock is no help, young Enola Holmes must take matters into her own hands and solve the case herself. She becomes an ace detective in her own right when her investigation uncovers a far bigger and more sinister scheme. Chances are if you’ve seen “Enola Holmes 2” you’ve seen the one that started it all. If however you’ve seen neither, you can’t go wrong with a fun double feature that’s perfect for the whole family. The mystery is engaging and keeps you guessing throughout, all the while you’re introduced to Millie Bobby Brown as a charming young investigator. Plus, the film gave us Henry Cavill as one of the very best on-screen renditions of Sherlock Holmes.
“Enola Holmes” and “Enola Holmes 2” are streaming exclusively on Netflix.
2. “Clue: The Movie”
When six strangers are invited to a dinner at an old lavish mansion on a dark and stormy night, things take a turn for the deadly (and comedic) as their mysterious host is murdered. They all have motives, they all have weapons, now it’s only a question of ‘who-dunnit?’ Everyone has played the board game at some point in their lives and this movie takes the game and brings it to the big screen with big stars and even bigger laughs. Not only is the film hilarious from start to finish, but it also creates the perfect murder mystery. The film is also notable for having three different endings, meaning the killer could be anyone depending on which version you watch.
“Clue: The Movie” is available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.
3. “Knives Out”
When Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) the patriarch of the Thrombey family is found dead in his opulent mansion, suspicions run high. Things only become more complicated when famous detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) enters the picture. However, as we follow the point of view of Harlan’s nurse Marta (Ana de Armas), we learn that like the web of lies the family is spinning, nothing is quite as clear as one would assume. “Clue” may have laid the foundation for classic movie mysteries, but “Knives Out” has now become the standard for a modern new era of films like this. With the sleek direction and subversive writing of Rian Johnson, and the all-star cast including the previously mentioned Armas and Craig as well as Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette and Jamie Lee Curtis, “Knives Out”is a movie that gets better and better upon each rewatch.
“Knives Out” is available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.
4. “See How They Run”
In 1953, Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” was the hit new show on London’s West End. The show is celebrating its 100th performance and there’s even talks of it being turned into a major motion picture helmed by American film director Leo Köpernick (Adrien Brody). However, when Leo is found murdered on the show’s set, Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and the naive Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) must dig through the many suspects to solve the rather thematic crime. Ronan and Rockwell are electric together, with Ronan in particular being delightful as the slightly bumbling police constable determined to prove her superiors wrong and solve this case.
“See How They Run” is streaming on HBO Max.
5. “Pokémon Detective Pikachu”
In the world of Pokémon, anything seems possible. However, life for Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) takes a turn for the strange when a Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) not only starts talking to him, but also wants him to help solve the case of Tim’s missing father. “Detective Pikachu ” is great for Pokémon fans and works as a cute mystery for audiences young and old. There’s something about hearing Ryan Reynolds voice coming out of a Pikachu body that will never not be funny. On top of its great comedic edge, the film still brings all the great Pokémon action we’ve been treated to in the games for nearly 30 years.
“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.
6. “The Nice Guys”
Set in 1970s Los Angeles, private investigator Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) must unwillingly work together to solve the disappearance of a missing teenage girl. Shane Black is the master of the buddy cop style comedy (ala “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang”), and “The Nice Guys” might be his best work yet. Crowe and Gosling are a dynamite pairing and the 70s Hollywood setting is brought to life perfectly. It’s a wickedly humorous dark comedy and one that has left many fans, myself included, still waiting for a sequel. There’s simply too much potential here to waste.
“The Nice Guys” is streaming on Netflix.
7. “Young Sherlock Holmes”
This list may have been in honor of Enola, but we’d be remiss not to mention at least one film outing for her big brother. To keep in theme with young detectives, you should check out the highly underrated “Young Sherlock Holmes” from 1985. When a series of deaths occur on their college campus, teenage Sherlock Holmes (Nicholas Rowe) and new companion John Watson (Alan Cox) attempt to crack the case. While it may be a little dated by today’s standards, the film still works as a fun adventure for one of the world’s most famous detectives. Plus it’s streaming completely free on Youtube, so it’s a win either way!
“Young Sherlock Holmes” is available to stream on Youtube.
By Adam Beam