Emma (2020) – “Delightfully Jane Austen”

Following the antics of a young woman, Emma Woodhouse, who lives in Georgian- and Regency-era England and occupies herself with matchmaking – in sometimes misguided, often meddlesome fashion- in the lives of her friends and family.


Review

“The Chairman” – This isn’t the typical movie I would be drawn to attending, but hey there is a first for everything. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this, Jane Austen is apparently timeless. People who say there are no strong women characters out there clearly haven’t read Austen or seen one of her adaptations recently.

Anya Taylor-Joy really brings something to the role that was lacking in the performance of Gwyneth Paltrow (yes, the 1996 adaptation). She is cruel, snarky and rather unlikable which makes her redemption all that much better. She reminds me of a person who gives seemingly great advice but never follows it herself.

Her journey really goes off the rails when the man she has been en-fantasizing actually shows up and isn’t everything she thought he was. And the Austen hi-jinx ensue from this point on.

The acting is sharp, and this young cast his helped by the performance of Bill Nighy. Probably doing his most “Bill Nighy” performance to date. Definitely worth the watch!

7.5/10

 


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