Cinema: Emma


Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this new film adaptation of Emma.

Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town, but despite her good looks, smarts and wealth, she still has a lot to learn about love and the world. She occupies her time with matchmaking – often in a meddlesome fashion – in the lives of her friends and family.

In this classic satire of social class and the all-too-familiar hardship of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and false romances to find the love that has been with her all along.

Directed by Autumn De Wilde, and starring Anna Taylor-Joy as Emma, and Johnny Flynn as George Knightley, this adaptation of Emma is true to the book, except for a few minor details.

With past adaptations of Emma having very mixed responses – especially from die-hard Austen fans – this current adaption seems to have found the sweet spot. When it comes to movie reviews, big names such as Vox have said ‘This new Emma doesn’t play too fast and loose with the story or its most familiar beats, but it digs out the absurdities of being wealthy (or adjacent to wealth) around the turn of the 19th century – the affectations, the frills that cover up the crudeness of real life, and above all, the vast, unmitigated boredom.’ As well, popular reviewing platform Rotten Tomatoes has delivered a high rating of 88%.

If you’re an Austen fan, you’ll have to see for yourself whether the movie does justice to the cherished book, but I think it is safe to say that this has been the best adaptation to date.

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