Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.
User Reviews: It looks gorgeous – fashions, interiors, etc – and it has a good cast. But it lacks the depth, subtle observation and wit of Austen’s superb novel. Some of the characters are more like caricatures (Mr Woodhouse and Mr Elton, in particular). This works well in Dickens but not for Austen. It is difficult, admittedly, within the space of a two-hour movie to show character development and to do justice to the subplots, consequently some aspects of the story seemed very rushed. Yet the director wastes valuable screen time showing people walking down corridors, strolling about in the grounds, etc. Also – huge problem here – Anya Taylor-Joy and Johnny Flynn (both good actors) have a serious lack of on-screen chemistry.
Disappointing! Can’t hold a candle to the 1996 version starting Gwynneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam, in my view.