It was Mark Kermode’s review of Emma. (Autumn de Wilde, 2020) that convinced me to give it a try when I really wanted to go see a movie yesterday (and it will probably be the last one I see in the theatre for a while). The trailer for the film did not inspire any desire to see it, but I’m glad I watched it.
I knew from the Emma. trailer that it would be an aesthetically pleasing experience and it does not disappoint at all in that department. It is a stupendously beautiful film — the color palette, the costumes, the mise-en-scene all made me want to wear skirts and go take a walk.
Autumn De Wilde’s adaptation is very funny, just as Mark Kermode observed, and indeed, Emma is not that likable. Ana Taylor-Joy plays the titular character as a know-it-all mean girl, whereas Gwyneth Paltrow‘s portrayal leaned toward the very well-meaning but misguided young lady.
The respective casts pair very well with the leading actresses. I wasn’t sure I was going to like a Mr. Knightley who isn’t Jeremy Northam, but Johnny Flynn‘s Mr. Knightley complements his Emma and I believed that they would develop affection for each other.
Here’s the 1996 Emma trailer:
One of my favorite scenes from the 1996 Emma:
And now I have to watch Emma for the twentieth time. I forgot how funny Juliet Stevenson is in the 1996 version.
Pic creds: IMDB and screengrabs