Emma

Emma

DVD - 2020
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Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma. Handsome, clever and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless zqueen beey without rivals in her sleepy little English town. In this glittering satire of social class, Emma must navigate her way through the challenges of growing up, misguided matches and romantic missteps to realize the love that has been there all along.
In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.

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I was obliged to study Jane Austen's book in high school, and found it boring. Now, many years later, I can appreciate the literary genius of the author. This film version of the novel is well done, with superb acting all around. It is worth watching the omitted scenes from the movie. The actress who plays Emma is a few years older than the 21-year-old heroine, but Charles Knightley is exactly the right age.

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J9833
Jan 20, 2021

Emma can't be told properly in two hours, so any such attempt is doomed from the start. The high points are present so it is still Jane Austen, barely, but "Emma." is a farce. Seriously, that was its goal, achieved through out-of-place bumper music, bare bottoms, and nosebleeds.

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anneelliot
Jan 13, 2021

I’m a huge Jane Austen fan and never thought I’d see a Jane Austen adaptation so cringe-worthy and awful! Don’t waste your time.

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FenulaV
Jan 07, 2021

I was very disappointed in this movie version. I think Its the worst adaptation of Jane Austen I’ve ever seen. The sets were beautiful, and the cast could have been ok. But the screen play was dreadful, and the directing even worse.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 21, 2020

Of the multiple versions of the Austen novel (including "Clueless"), this may be the best. Gwenyth Paltrow was way better as a head in a box in "Seven." I particularly like that this is a less stuffy, less well-behaved version, with slightly over the top performances, a irreverent sense of humor, and a striking look and design, courtesy of first time director Autumn de Wilde, who has worked as rock photographer. If you don't like this, maybe reconsider?

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sheepsheets
Dec 16, 2020

This interpretation is utterly charming. Some liberties are taken as is the case with most moves from book to film, but I found this to be so delightful. The locations, costumes, and cinematography are beautiful with just the right amount of whimsy. Many period pieces end up looking so dull and drab, so it's a nice change of pace. Indulgent in all the right places, conveying so many feelings and situations still relevant today, with the perfect amount of comedy.

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dsw3914
Dec 12, 2020

Only my wife tried to watch this one and she got bored and did not finish it.

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Courier2003
Dec 04, 2020

Bummer, over rated. Did lots of fast forward, could not hold my interest.

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QuentinHayes
Nov 23, 2020

I confess, I have no idea why the director made the choices she did. If I did, maybe I would have enjoyed this interpretation of Emma. The overacting was grotesque. Ditto the gratuitous nose-bleed. I had been warned that it was nothing like the book--after all, Emma is selfish, has too much social power for her young age and consequently makes terrible mistakes with other people's lives, but she is endearing, nonetheless. This eye-rolling, snot-nosed--and, as others have noted, overaged!--version of Emma was distinctly unappealing. What's-his-face playing Knightly was just plain weird. Ditto the Beau Brummel-like dressing scene. There was indeed a unity to the weirdness and grotesquerie, but I don't understand why anyone would feel the need to flatten out the emotional complexity of the story. And, no, underpants hadn't been invented yet, but how many peep-show shots do we need to remind us that?

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slaroche
Nov 22, 2020

2.0* found this series slow and boring.

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jimg2000
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…

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jimg2000
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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