Emma. is another charming Jane Austen story. Fully of wit and beauty, actor Anya Taylor-Joy's wonderful performance will take your heart.
Emma. is whimsical and good-spirited fun from the Jane Austen vault. We're lead with a marvelous performance by actor Anya Taylor-Joy, who's shining role will put a smile on your face. Based on Austen's novel of the same name of 1815, our story follows Emma Woodhouse (Taylor-Joy), a young woman who interferes in the love lives of her friends. So, after her governess, Miss Taylor marries and becomes Mrs. Weston (Gemma Whelan, Netflix's The End of the F***ing World), Emma Woodhouse searches about for a new companion. Emma is the queen bee in matchmaking in her little sleepy town known as the village of Highbury. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma is at the top of her social class but she soon realizes that she might not be the best at matchmaking. Emma takes on a new companion, Harriet Smith (a splendid Mia Goth).
Emma thinks that Harriet will be a good match for Mr. Elton (a funny Josh O'Connor, Netflix's The Crown). Mr. Elton is the village's local vicar and is quite a goofball with his faces and mannerisms. Like a religious self-parody, Mr. Elton is always raising his hands in the most awkward situations. Nevertheless, she thinks that Mr. Elton has an eye on Harriet, making him a good match for her. Come to find out, Mr. Elton likes Emma and she is taken aback with this news. This romantic misstep hurts Emma's pride and she also does not feel the same way for Mr. Elton. There's also George Knightley (a delightful Johnny Flynn) who's been a longtime family friend of Emma's. Mr. Knightley is by her side, but mostly to scold and correct her in every turn. Don't let this game from Mr. Knightley fool you. He's an impeccably well-mannered gentleman who wants the best out of Emma. Next, there's Frank Churchill (a stern Callum Turner) who's the son of Mr. Weston's (Rupert Graves, BBC's Sherlock) first marriage.
Frank Churchill is the daft-cool lad of the village. Not to mention, the village chatterbox, Miss Bates (a charming Miranda Hart, BBC's Call the Midwife) who continues to spread the village's latest gossip. Along with Miss Bates is her niece Jane Fairfax (Amber Anderson) — someone who makes Emma very jealous. Finally, adding a little bit of Bill Nighy to a movie never hurts. Nighy plays Emma's father, Mr. Woodhouse — he's anxious, fashionably dressed, and irresistible. His character brightens the mood in many scenes. Emma. is Autumn de Wilde's directorial debut — she has a keen eye for beauty. Her first feature film is lushes, beautifully shot, and ravishing in detail. The first half of Emma. is full of comedy, while the second half focuses more on emotional grandeur. On top of that, we have a marvelous musical score and breathtaking costume designs. In the end, Emma. is a delightful film lead by a delightful heroine, actor Anya Taylor-Joy. This movie is a real joy.
Emma. is rated PG (Parental Guidance) For brief partial nudity.
Directed by Autumn de Wilde
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O'Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, and Tanya Reynolds.
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