This recent adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel is certainly not what I expected. Having never read the book, I always (mistakenly) considered this to be a tale tailored for young girls. I was wrong.
Set in the class divided Georgian/Regency-era of the early1800 England, this sweet story follows the very prim and exceptionally proper mischievous meddlings of a self-appointed local matchmaker Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy).
With her adorable charm and exaggerated confidence of a polite yet slightly spoilt, precociously outspoken woman Emma is described as handsome, clever, and rich, and for the most part, she is. Fortunate enough to be blessed with all the trappings of wealth privilege Emma has little to occupy her overactive mind
Much to the chagrin of her harmlessly eccentric father (Bill Nighy), and her very handsome and tolerant childhood friend Mr. Knightley (Johnny Flynn), she devotes most of her time considering what advice she can give others regarding their love life.
Being widely popular, Emma is even referred to as ‘perfect,’ regardless of the fact that she can be extremely exasperating, to say the least. Even though she has the best of intentions, her several matchmaking attempts are unfortunately flawed with disastrous results. Her confident manner often resembles a reserved version of ‘Anne Shirley of Green Gables.’
Emma is surrounded by an array of likable and tactfully restrained characters. She is positively adored by her devoted best friend Harriet Smith (Mia Goth), whose life she almost ruined by her misguided counselling by often overstepping the realms of what is not her business. Armed with a complete lack of knowledge related to most situations, Emma is totally presumptuous in every way.
I was completely captivated by everything about this enchanting story that, in all, it’s innocence is beautifully told with class and refinement.
Photo Concept&Design by Beata Gombas (c) 2020
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