Review: Emma.

 Handsome. Clever. Rich.

Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) is all the things above and has an affinity for matchmaking. Of course, others interpret this as her sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. Her newest project is her friend Harriet (Mia Goth) while her friend Mr. Knightley (Johnny Flynn) is there to....point out all the problems with this and provide sexual tension.

That sounds like me being an asshole, but that's honestly what this is. I struggled reading this novel. In fact, I struggle reading a lot of Jane Austen's work, it's one of those things that I just think I consume better in film form and Emma is no exception. As silly and flippant as it is, I really enjoyed this pastel coated film we got. 

The humor in this is very understated and it works so well, particularly from Bill Nighy, who plays Emma's father and is clearly having an absolute ball making this movie. (And as an aside, the gag reel on this DVD was hilarious) There's nothing about this story you can't see coming, but it's delightful to watch.

Anya Taylor-Joy is great as Emma but it's Mia Goth once again stealing the show for me. I loved the costumes and the production design and especially the score, which reminded me a little of Bambi. It had that same whimsical, lovely tune to it. 

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Do you feel a draft?" - Mr. Woodhouse (Bill Nighy)

4 comments:

  1. I wanted to see this when it was out as I do like Anya Taylor-Joy and see how this compares to the one starring Mrs. Goop.

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    1. Seeing as Anya is a far better actor than Goop, this is probably better. lol

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  2. I didn't have a lot of expectation for this at the time and ended up really liking it. Of course, a lot of that is owed to Bill Nighy, but not all, suprisingly.

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    1. He seemed to be having a lot of fun in this. It definitely helped.

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