I recently watched the 2020 version of "Emma" starring Anya Taylor-Joy and I was pleasantly surprised. As a matter of fact, this "Emma" is my favorite version of the movie based on the book by Jane Austen. I have seen a few others in the past, but none quite hit the mark for me.
Anya Taylor-Joy is the perfect choice! She is exactly how I envision Emma and she did an outstanding job of bringing the character to life. I also liked the actor (Johnny Flynn) that played the part of George Knightley. As an added bonus, Emma's father was played by Bill Nighy who was superb. He made me laugh out loud several times with his obsession with drafts and his ability to seem almost clueless, yet very caring, at times.
All three of these actors deserve awards for excellence. Together, they made this movie exceptional and one I would highly recommend, especially if you are a Austen fan who has been previously disappointed by "Emma" film adaptations.
The costumes and scenery are additional elements that made this movie great. Alexandra Byrne also deserves an award for perhaps being the best Regency-era costume designer ever. Emma's wardrobe was totally fabulous.
Emma (2020) [DVD]Emma Woodhouse is not immediately interested in romance and marriage for herself, but she does believe she is the perfect matchmaker due to her recent "success" of introducing her former governess to a local widower, which resulted in marriage. This self-appointed "occupation" puts her in some rather delicate situations since others misunderstand her actions and intentions.
The movie begins on her former governess's wedding day and we quickly meet most of the main characters. Her neighbor and friend, Mr. Knightley, did not attend the wedding, but he does come by their home afterwards to ascertain if all went well.
Emma befriends Harriet Smith, an orphan at the local boarding school. She is determined to help Harriet by instructing her in proper manners so she can attract a husband of a higher station. Harriet is already infatuated with one of Mr. Knightley's tenet farmers, Mr. Martin, but he is not suitable for Harriet in Emma's opinion.
Due to her meddling, several relationships are strained, feelings are hurt, and decisions with consequences are made, but you can't help liking Emma. Thanks to the comic relief throughout the movie, what might normally cause stress has little effect on the viewers overall mood.
While her heart to help might be admirable, Emma's actual actions show how
young, arrogant, and naive she really is. Fortunately for her, she is surrounded
by people who love her and are willing to forgive.
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