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From the award-winning creative team behind A&Es PRIDE AND PREJUDICE comes another Jane Austen classic, the beloved EMMA. Kate Beckinsale (Last Days of Disco) stars in this wickedly delightful tale of love and matchmaking.
Similar to the equally excellent Valmont, this version of Jane Austen's classic novel had the misfortune of following a sumptuous big-star version with Gwyneth Paltrow, which was released the summer before. And, just as 1989's Valmont suffered comparisons with Dangerous Liaisons, inevitably these Emmas were held up next to one another.
This delicious Emma concerns a young woman of financial substance (Kate Beckinsale), who fancies herself a matchmaker, especially with shy Miss Harriet Smith (Samantha Morton, who also appears in A&E's Jane Eyre). In Emma's swirling world of social activity and social consciousness, one's position and stature is a constant preoccupation. But to her credit, Emma, albeit a busybody, has compassion for all classes, and for her kindly but hypochondriacal father (Bernard Hepton).
This miniseries is more subtle than the grand theatrical release, is truer to the novel, and gives a richer explanation of the relationship between Emma associates Jane Fairfax (beautiful Olivia Williams of Rushmore) and the duplicitous Frank Churchill (Raymond Coulthard). Of course, at the center, as in all Austen stories, is the romance between the unsuspecting leading lady and an unlikely, but wholly suitable gentleman. In this case, it's Emma and her brother-in-law, the righteous (as played here) Mr. Knightley (Mark Strong). Strong's Mr. Knightley is more reserved, less coy than Jeremy Northam's; he plays Knightley more like Mr. Darcy (the leading man in Austen's Pride and Prejudice, which A&E also offers in a wonderful miniseries). Beckinsale proves to be utterly delightful and in no way should this excellent adaptation be ignored. --N.F. Mendoza
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I felt the casting was very well done with the exception of Harriet...sorry, but she's supposed to be pretty, and unfortunately Samantha Morton just isn't. Kate Beckinsale is great as the playful but misguided Emma, and though many reviews disagree, I found Mark Strong to be perfect as the stately character of Mr. Knightley. Frank Churchill is also very well portrayed; he manages to be very believable yet still show the character's overly-charming side, a difficult task. Olivia Williams as Jane Fairfax is aptly graceful and reserved. John Knightley was well played indeed, his line in the carriage as they travel to the Weston's is so funny, makes me laugh each time, he's so sarcastically pessimistic!
If I had to find something to criticize , it would be the last scene, where Emma and Frank Churchill meet again- you don't get the same sense that he knows he's done wrong as you do in the book. I think they could have done better with that, but it is a minor error, and certainly should not affect this film's overall rating.
This movie adheres closely to the book, nearly all the lines are taken from it. I love this film and would recommend it to all Jane Austen fans.
Hope you purchase, watch, and enjoy it!
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Kate Beckinsale as Emma and Mark Strong as Mr Knightly. The whole cast is wonderful! Shipping fast!
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