Theatrical Reviews

Emma. Review

Emma 1

Studio:
Universal Pictures   

What’s It About?
The latest retelling of Jane Austen’s classic novel about an attractive and rich yet interfering matchmaker in Regency England, who ultimately learns the error of her ways.   

Who’s In It?
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Morgan, & more recently Glass)
Johnny Flynn (Clouds Of Sils Maria, Beast, & more recently Vanity Fair)   

Other notables include:
Mia Goth (A Cure For Wellness, The Secret Of Marrowbone, & more recently Suspiria)
Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, & more recently Pokemon Detective Pikachu)   

Director: Autumn De Wilde (debut)   

Audiences Expect:
With costume dramas all the rage at the moment with Greta Gerwig’s impressive Little Women, and the fabulous Personal History Of David Copperfield from Armando Iannucci, it was perhaps inevitable that Jane Austen would get another reboot.
This time it’s not Pride & Prejudice though, instead Emma gets another run out following 1995’s Clueless and 1996’s version with Gwyneth Paltrow.  Fortunately for all concerned, however, debut feature director Autumn De Wilde has managed to layer this film with all her photographic and music video prowess, creating a sumptuous feast for the eyes. 
The story, adapted by Booker prize-winning novelist Eleanor Catton, juggles a number of plates to keep this story feeling fresh and on edge, as we meet entitled Emma Woodhouse, who thinks she knows it all, dispensing romantic advice to her lower-class companion Harriet Smith, but ultimately getting everything hopeless wrong. Rebuffing ideal suitors for Ms Smith, and encouraging highly inappropriate matches, she manages to ride roughshod over a number of people’s feelings.
Austen’s satirical romantic comedy is given a rich outing thanks to De Wilde, with a fine cast. Anya Taylor-Joy and Johnny Flynn excel as the leads, while there is great support from the likes of Josh O’Connor and Mia Goth, while Bill Nighy and Miranda Hart add heart and humour to proceedings in this vibrant retelling.   

In A Nutshell:
A sexy, satirical and stylish slant on the well-loved story, with two cracking leads.   

Highlight:
The look of the film
The pacy script
The performances  

Lowpoint:
N/A


Certificate: U

EDITOR’S CHOICE