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Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town, In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.


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JCLShannonG Sep 22, 2020

Another great Jane Austen adaptation! I loved the sets and costumes, but the score fell a little bit short for me. I sometimes found the music to be distracting to the story, but overall enjoyed this film.

Sep 08, 2020

Unless you are dedicated fan of Jane Austen and her world, then give this a miss. And even then, you have to be a die-hard fan. This is so very precise and slow moving that unless you understand the book or Austen or the world at that time you will be bored or put off. Nothing new here, nothing to write home about. found myself walking out of the room for several minutes at a time and returning, having missed nothing. Hard to actively dislike, but not terribly enjoyable either. Just grey.....

Sep 08, 2020

A pleasant rendition of the tale of Jane Austen's heroine Emma, the pampered young woman who while good-natured is so used to getting her own way that she can't readily see that others' views may be equally valid. Lonely yet triumphant at the marriage of her governess, a match for which she assigns herself full credit, Emma decides that her next project will be to marry off her amiable yet unremarkable chum Harriet. But of course, matters of love never quite turn out in the way one might expect. I though that Anya Taylor-Joy did a fine job of portraying the entitled young Emma and that Mia Goth as Harriet was also excellent; with Bill Nighy adding a perfect level of understated humor as the hypochondriac Mr. Woodhouse. However, I wasn't all that impressed with any of the young men. Johnny Flynn was an acceptable if uninspiring Mr. Knightly, but I felt Callum Turner gave a dull performance as Frank Churchill; a man who is supposed to be charming everyone off their feet while secretly deceiving them, while Josh O'Connor was a little too over the top as Mr. Elton. Overall I did enjoy it as the other supporting players were strong, but another issue for me was that the background music tended to overdominate. I prefer the 1996 version starring Gwyneth Paltrow leading an outstanding cast.

Sep 08, 2020

Don't think this version of the young influencer and meddler Emma breaks new grounds other than new set of actors, their costumes and the always present but invisible servants.

Easter Eggs in the film:
1. Actual title of the film is “Emma.”
2. School girl uniform resembling Little Red Riding Hoods or Handmaid's Tale.
3. Nose bleed scene discussed in details here: https://www.radiotimes.com/news/2020-02-15/emma-film-nosebleed/

Aug 28, 2020

Amusing Jane Austen-light. It's worth seeing just to watch Bill Nighy steal every scene he's in.

Aug 14, 2020

This was by far the worst version of Emma that I have ever seen.

Aug 10, 2020

Ooooh Ms. Woodhouse! The shallowness, the tedium, the pointlessness! What a waste of human potential! What a waste of my 2 hours!

Aug 06, 2020

So disappointed!
Absolutely horrible, but I had to watch the entire movie just to make sure. I won't go on as the previous review said it all.
What's with the "Handmaid's Tale" girls marching around the set?

Aug 04, 2020

To quote Mr. Knightley: "It was badly done, indeed!" The portrayal of the side characters was decent (Miranda Hart as Miss Bates and Josh O'Connor as Mr. Elton were especially good). However, the leads were horribly miscast. This Mr. Knightley was not convincing as someone who was self-aware enough to point out Emma's failings. This Emma had all the wit, charm, and likability of a postage stamp, and it wasn't believable that she transformed into a better person / friend / love interest in the end. Additionally, although not the actress' fault, her hair styling was very distracting and certainly didn't help endear her to me (interestingly, the other actors / actresses didn't have this grooming problem). To its credit, the movie was beautifully shot. However, it was all flash and no substance. I love Jane Austen, but this version of Emma won't be on my 're-watch' list.

minerva Aug 03, 2020

Have to agree with all the previous comments re: editing of the (very long) original and downplaying some characters...BUT this feels to me like it has captured Austen's subtle wit and I never disliked this Emma (as I have with other versions). There is a lot of non-verbal storytelling going on here - the visuals will often advance the plot more than the dialogue. Congrats as well to a movie directed, designed, cast and dressed by women (maybe this is why I feel Austen's spirit throughout...) Also a must for historical dress fanatics - most of Emma's wardrobe is based on extant pieces - so gorgeous!

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Sep 08, 2020

On screen text at the beginning:

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

Lyrics of Queen Bee as end credit rolls:

All is for my mistress all is for my maid
Sweetness that I took for sweetness that she gave to me
My queen bee
Though my heart has long been given to you
Summer's turn is nigh
Swifts and swallows swoop and yearn for you
With all that's in the sky
But blow the wind and come the rain and come my love again
All is for my mistress all is for my maid
Sweetness that I took for sweetness that she gave to me
My queen bee
Autumn's flourish fruit that falls for you
Apples sweet as death
All that falls has lived and died for you
Gently come to rest
But blow the wind and come the rain and come my love again
All is for my mistress all is for my maid
Sweetness that I took for sweetness that she gave to me
My queen bee
Winter's kiss has some enthralled
So they keep their…

Sep 08, 2020

About Emma, at the very beginning of the novel, not the film:

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. She was the youngest of the two daughters of a most affectionate, indulgent father; and had, in consequence of her sister’s marriage, been mistress of his house from a very early period. Her mother had died too long ago for her to have more than an indistinct remembrance of her caresses, and her place had been supplied by an excellent woman as governess, who had fallen little short of a mother in affection.

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