US rapper Kid Cudi posts throwback photo of pre-Oscar Rami Malek

Rami Malek and Kid Cudi at the US premiere of “Need for Speed 2.” AFP
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Updated 05 April 2020

US rapper Kid Cudi posts throwback photo of pre-Oscar Rami Malek

DUBAI: Celebrities, like all of us right now, are scrolling through old photographs and posting them on social media as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic leaves us reminiscing about better times. Case in point: US rapper Kid Cudi, who took to his Twitter account on Sunday to upload a throwback photograph of himself and US-Egyptian actor Rami Malek on the set of “Need for Speed 2” in 2013.

“My boy Rami and me behind-the-scenes of ‘Need for Speed’ I think 2013,” the Brooklyn-based rapper captioned the photograph. “Rami has gone on to do amazing things and I’m truly thankful I got a chance to work with him. One of the illest actors I know. I love you brother!”

Kid Cudi (right) posted the throwback photo online. Twitter

Indeed, since the film’s release in 2014, Malek has gone on to star in the critically-acclaimed “Mr. Robot” and win a string of acting accolades, including an Oscar for his role as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 

Kid Cudi, though he didn’t pursue an acting career, also went on to have a fruitful few years, including collaborating with Kanye West on the acclaimed album “Kids See Ghosts” in 2018.

‘Enola Holmes’: Fun sleuthing gamble let down by its script

Updated 27 September 2020

‘Enola Holmes’: Fun sleuthing gamble let down by its script

CHENNAI: US author Nancy Springer created Sherlock Holmes’ little sister, Enola Holmes, more than 100 years after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote “A Study in Scarlet” that gave birth to one of the world’s most enduring detectives. For his millions of fans, Sherlock has been the last word in criminal investigation, and anyone even remotely resembling the violin-playing sleuth is merely a caricature. Enola Holmes tries to break out of this image in Springer’s first of the six adventures, “The Case of the Missing Marquess,” now a Netflix film. 

“Enola Holmes,” directed by Harry Bradbeer (“Fleabag,” “Killing Eve”) with a script by Jack Thorne (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”), though ambitious, is impeded by a convoluted plot with a climax that is a tad too tame. There are other irritants too — Enola, played by Millie Bobby Brown, seems more keen on her physical abilities than in her powers of deduction, and for Sherlock lovers this will come as a huge disappointment. Enola is probably closer to Robert Downey Jr’s Sherlock Holmes, rather than Benedict Cumberbatch’s rendition of the detective. 

“Enola Holmes” is directed by Harry Bradbeer (“Fleabag,” “Killing Eve”) with a script by Jack Thorne. Supplied

It is possible that Springer was targeting young adults and Enola’s investigation into the disappearance of the marquess fits this bill all right. On her 16th birthday, her whole world crashes when she realizes that her mother, Lady Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter), has vanished leaving behind clues to where she stashed a wad of money for her daughter. With her father dead and her older brothers, Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin), away in London to find their fortunes, Enola grows up in 18442 England with just her mother for company. Lady Eudoria schools her in literature, science and the martial arts. At 16, Enola master of jujutsu and considers herself to be intelligent enough to beat even Sherlock at his own game. She thwarts Mycroft’s efforts to put her in a finishing school and escapes to London hoping to find her mother. 

The film is based on the first book in the series of the same name by Nancy Springer. Supplied

On the train, she meets the young Viscount Tewksbury, marquess of Basilwether (Louis Partridge), who is also running away from being murdered. They pair off, but the parallel threads of the story – the case of the missing mother and Tewksbury’s impending danger – are not woven seamlessly together. In the end, “Enola Holmes” comes off as a rather mixed-up effort.

The writing packs in too many issues. For example, Enola and her mother are driving feminism in England and there are several other add-ons to the core plot like this — they do little to drive the story forward and seem to have been thrown in for good measure.

The settings are indeed gorgeous and there is a feel of Jane Austin’s novels in “Enola Holmes.” Brown is lovely, her curiosity and bubbling energy giving a glow to her persona. But the writing lets her down, as it does the film.