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"Emma"--movie Review

Until I met a friend in 1967 I was a "Yes, I've read 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Sense and Sensibility' and that was my extent of 'knowing' Jane Austen. Over the years I have seen some movies based on the titles I mentioned and until I met the aforementioned friend I spelled the last name Austin! Little by little I read more of her books and, on my own, did some research on the author.


I really wasn't familiar with Jane Austen's "Emma" or the movies, including "Clueless", based on the book. This version has constant reminders of the title actress, Anya Taylor-Joy, of her big expressive eyes and curled hair. She sees herself as a matchmaker who boasts that she has never been wrong yet! Three hours later I still see the eyes and curls but except for that one line, I couldn't tell you what else she said!


I have mentioned before that recently I have had problems hearing in movies so I have been using earphones but though I could follow the storyline--being familiar with Austen's works helped--I had a hard time understanding any of the actors including Johnny Flynn, Josh O'Connor, Mia Goth and Amber Anderson but Bill Nighy, as Emma's father, gets across exactly what he is thinking and saying with his face, body and mere glances.


The PBS aspect of "Emma" meaning the lush England lawns, gardens and homes plus the costumes and hairstyles is Masterpiece Theatre at its best.


At times the music was jarring but at least it broke up the boredom I experienced watching the film.


posted on Mar 6, 2020 4:02 PM ()

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I love all things Austen and am looking forward to seeing Emma. It is the pits to lose hearing and I have a hard time hearing in crowds but altho I have hearing aides, I hate them.
comment by elderjane on Mar 7, 2020 5:47 AM ()
My friend just emailed me--she didn't like the film either.
The only time I have the hearing problems is watching a movie and/or TV--on the latter I used the closed caption!
reply by greatmartin on Mar 7, 2020 7:58 AM ()

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