Netflix has just staged its annual big reveal event tudum – the name comes, so says engadget, is “named after the sound that plays alongside the Netflix logo whenever you start watching something on the service” – and among the many shows and movies that got a big unveil or a fascinating sneak peek are three of the four following movies in this post.
We have the detective fun of Enola Holmes 2 which is bound to be a lot of fun because the first Enola Holmes was so much fun, the unnervingly intriguing sassy weirdness of They Cloned Tyrone which has real Nope vibes, and a glimpse behind the scenes of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio which looks to have all the captivating storytelling vivacity of which Disney’s live-action Pinocchio (also just out) can only dream.
There’s a lot to look forward coming into major year-end holidays for both hemispheres, with all of the films offering some kind of escapist from the everyday which is just what you want when the work year starts to wind down …
Fresh off the triumph of solving her first case, Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) follows in the footsteps of her famous brother, Sherlock (Henry Cavill), and opens her own agency — only to find that life as a female detective-for-hire isn’t as easy as it seems. Resigned to accepting the cold realities of adulthood, she is about to close shop when a penniless matchstick girl offers Enola her first real job: to find her missing sister. But this case proves to be far more puzzling than expected, as Enola is thrown into a dangerous new world — from London’s sinister factories and colorful music halls, to the highest echelons of society and 221B Baker Street itself. As the sparks of a deadly conspiracy ignite, Enola must call upon the help of friends—and even Sherlock himself—to unravel her mystery… The game, it seems, has found its feet again.
Enola Holmes 2 is directed by British TV filmmaker Harry Bradbeer, his second feature after directing the first Enola Holmes film, along with plenty of TV work previously including episodes of Killing Eve and Fleabag most recently. The screenplay is written by Jack Thorne, from a story by Harry Bradbeer & Jack Thorne. Based on the beloved book series by Nancy Springer. (synopsis courtesy First Showing)
Enola Holmes 2 premieres on Netflix on 4 November.
UPDATED 19th October – there’s a clip! A very funny, sweet, very Enola Holmes clip …
A series of eerie events thrusts an unlikely trio onto the trail of a nefarious government experiment in this pulpy mystery caper. Described as a sci-fi comedy [that’s like] “Friday meets Get Out.”, They Cloned Tyrone stars John Boyega, Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris, and J. Alphonse Nicholson. (synopsis courtesy Coming Soon)
They Cloned Tyrone opens on Netflix on 30 December 2022.
Two Americans, one an aspiring poet and the other an established folk musician, cross paths in the scenic, coastal town of Taormina, Sicily. Their instant chemistry sparks collaboration, leading to an unexpected, weeklong writer’s retreat at a beautiful villa in the Sicilian countryside. As they immerse themselves in the local culture, they challenge each other to express their thorniest secrets, growing closer all the while. A Chance Encounter, formerly known as Molto Bella, is directed by Canadian filmmaker Alexander Jeffery, director of the films One Way and Daisy & Smiling Jack previously, plus tons of other short films. The screenplay is written by Alexander Jeffery and Paul T.O. Petersen. Produced by Richard Wharton, Alexander Jeffery, and Paul T.O. Petersen. (synopsis courtesy First Showing)
A Chance Encounter opens in limited US release and VOD on 28 October.
BEHIND THE CRAFT: GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reimagines the classic Italian tale of Pinocchio in a stop-motion musical adventure. Follow the mischievous adventures of Pinocchio in his pursuit of a place in the world. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is directed by visionary Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, director of the films Cronos, Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy I & II, Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak, The Shape of Water, and Nightmare Alley previously, as well as lots of producing work plus other projects. Co-directed by Mark Gustafson. The screenplay is written by Gris Grimly, Patrick McHale, Matthew Robbins, and Guillermo del Toro. Based on the original Pinocchio story by Carlo Collodi. (synopsis courtesy First Showing)
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio streams on Netflix from 9 December.