Recountings

EMMA.

A new adaption of Jane Austen’s Emma has come out. Last weekend, I saw it with my sister and eldest niece. (What a blast we had!) Yesterday evening, my best friend came with me to watch it. (Sitting in the comfiest chairs with white chocolate, drinks and warm popcorn … it was THERAPY.) I am fighting the impulse to see it a third time.

Let me tell you why. And – as a fair warning – this post will be written in the style of what I like to call ‘INCOHERENT RAMBLINGS OF A STARRY-EYED NESS’. You have been warned.

THE VISUALS

Everything is so pretty and also so very tongue-in-cheek. The font at the beginning of the film – even the font is pretty – and the PASTELS! EVERYTHING IS IN PASTELS!!

Emma’s outfits … they are divine (except for the ones with that random frill/collar around her neck. Like, did she forgot to put the other part of the dress on?)

Though, Mr. Knightley and Mr. Churchill and Emma wear yellow coats at one point or other in the film and I haven’t worked out if this is some sort of subliminal messaging trying to get me to like the colour of gone-off sunshine, but kudos for trying.

I’m not sure how period-correct the costumes were, but my gosh, it felt as if they were; I could easily imagine a Heyer heroine wearing some of them

THE MUSIC

I’ve listened to the entire soundtrack three or four times through in the past two days. Yes, this may be the reflection on the shortness of the soundtrack or it’s a reflection on how perfect it is. It’s so frothy and delightful and is sparkling lemonade in your ear. And then BLAM! a folk song hits or an old hymn is sung with gusto by a hundred throats (my mind filled in ‘throats’ with ‘goats’ and … yes. You’re welcome for that visual.)

Clearly it’s doing something to me; I’ve cleaned, am wearing a skirt, have folded the contents of two drawers (not brilliantly but still), and delicately nibbled on oat biscuits and sipped herbal tea.

I’m not sure what this means.

THE CHARACTERS

Facial expressions – they are done so well. Mr. Elton can reduce you to hysterics – HYS-TER-ICS. The glances are a second script in themselves.

Anya Taylor-Joy does a fantastic job as Emma; you can see her character growth and the realization about Mr. Knightley through her eyes. Harriet Smith is a BLAST. Mr. Knightley … *le sigh* I thought he was brilliant. Also, there’s this scene between him and Frank Churchill that is played so awkwardly. It was perfection. Miss Bates is BRILLIANT and whoever thought of casting Miranda as in that needs a medal. NO. THREE MEDALS. I could watch an entire film of Miss Bates describing Jane’s adventures to Emma.

Mr. Wodehouse kills me. (I am Being Dramatic, I know.) He steals every scene. Every. Scene. If there was a T.V show with just he and Miss. Bates, I’d watch it. I’d watch it all.

I adore the casting – everyone looked interesting and not as if they’d just come off a run way.

Also, Mr. Knightley’s walk in the very beginning reminded me of the Beast’s when he’s coming down the staircase in the live adaption of Beauty and the Beast.

Robert Martin made me want to giggle in every scene he was in; I’m not entirely sure why but I thought he was hilarious.

THE ROMANCE & SUNDRY

THE ROMANCE WAS BEAUTIFUL! And the grand confession scene? I shan’t spoil it for you but it is quite something. It reminds you of the ending bit of The Grand Sophy with the ducklings.

[Side note – THE POINTED COLLARS!!! I get why some Heyer characters can barely turn their head because their collars are so stiffly starched! Poor men. How they must have suffered.]

EMMA. is almost farcical, definitely beautifully shot, scripted and scored, and on the whole a sheer delight to indulge in. I foresee many a rewatch.

Let’s recap:

  1. I adored this film (you may have guessed) and while it may not be everyone’s cup of tea – it’s certainly mine. If there are flaws, I am currently blind to them.
  2. There is a possibility that I have may overworn such adjectives as ‘perfect’ and ‘brilliant’ in this post. I make no apologies.
  3. Autumn de Wilde needs to adapt a few Georgette Heyer novels – it would be magic, I swear!

9 thoughts on “EMMA.”

      1. I SAW IT LAST NIGHT AND MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS WHAT /PERFECTION./ The cast was fantastically placed. The film style was gorgeous. The ROMANCE. This version of Mr. Knightley had me SWOONING, let me tell you. I love how developed the romance was and the CHEMISTRY, TOO! New fav film. 😍

      2. THIS IS AWESOME!!! YAAASSSSSSSS!! DO YOU SEE WHY I HAVE GONE BACK THREE TIMES?? UGH. THE NOSE BLEED!!! THE DRAFTS!!!! THE SERVANTS!!! MR KNIGHTLEY!!!!

        I am so very happy you liked it. WHAT EXCELLENT TASTE WE HAVE!!!

  1. ALL RIGHT

    I was not going to watch this one because I didn’t think we needed it and wasn’t fond of most of the casting (the actress for Emma doesn’t look right to me???) BUT

    IF YOU LIKED IT

    I will give it a chance

    (But also I think I have controversial Emma opinions in General because I love the Gwyneth Paltrow movie but don’t really like the Romola Garai one, sooooooo)

    1. OKAY. I thought the same but the trailer did her wrong and she is so *very* human in the movie YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT AND REPORT BACK ASAP

      To be fair … same re the Paltrow one. I didnt give the Romola one the time to develop into something I liked because I thought that Emma was a little too .. just not Emma? But then, I only know from the original BBC series and the Paltrow one and also haha I have yet to read the book DO NOT TELL A SOUL.

      1. OKAY I WILL!!! (I mean, I have NO idea when I can get to the theater and see it…but I want to.)

        Yeah, I didn’t like the Romola one at first, and then it grew on me…and then I watched it again and was like…you know what? I actually still don’t like it very much. It DOES have some good elements to it, but they don’t all work together for me as a whole.

        *gasp* You MUST read it!!! It is my favorite Jane Austen novel!

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