Emma – 2020

  • Originality: Jane Austen is often referred to as one of the premiere writers of her generation and with that statement there can be little argument. There had been dozens of adaptations of her work, including prior adaptations of this story, albeit slightly more accessible than this one. This film is quirky and doesn’t try to hide it, but it is extremely well-adapted, if you’re into that kind of thing. [4.0]
  • Performances: Anya Taylor-Joy has not been around for very long, but she’s already made an impressive impact on the film industry and has the makings of a star. This film perfectly captures her charisma and talent thanks to great dialogue to highlight Emma’s arrogant ignorance and opportunities for scenery-chewing that are perfectly reminiscent of Jane Austen’s day. [4.5]
  • Technicality: Autumn de Wilde is an artist, in the literal sense; this film showcase her eye for color by creating some great contrasts and blending to fully realize the intention of each scene. The costumes of this film strive to be accurate while also allowing for modernity to seep into each character’s garb so that some moments feel like millennials playing dress-up. [5.0]
  • Rewatchability: I won’t lie, Jane Austen movies aren’t the kind of film that I find myself rewatching regularly, which is not to say that this film isn’t rewatchable, because it is. The relatability of the characters makes this film the perfect one for tweens and those coming-of-age to watch on multiple occasions in order to learn that every action has consequences. [4.0]

Total – [17.5/20.0]

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