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Emma. (2020)

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In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.

Director:

Autumn de Wilde

Writers:

Eleanor Catton (screenplay by), Jane Austen (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anya Taylor-Joy ... Emma Woodhouse
Angus Imrie ... Bartholomew
Letty Thomas ... Biddy
Gemma Whelan ... Miss Taylor / Mrs. Weston
Bill Nighy ... Mr. Woodhouse
Aidan White Aidan White ... Hartfield Butler
Edward Davis Edward Davis ... Charles
Chris White Chris White ... James, Hartfield Coachman
Rupert Graves ... Mr. Weston
Miranda Hart ... Miss Bates
Myra McFadyen ... Mrs. Bates
Esther Coles ... Mrs. Cox
Suzy Bloom ... Miss Gilbert
Suzanne Toase Suzanne Toase ... Mrs. Cole (as Suzie Toase)
Nicholas Burns Nicholas Burns ... Mr. Cole
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Storyline

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. Written by Focus Features

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Handsome, clever, and rich. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Feature film directorial debut by Autumn de Wilde. See more »

Goofs

When Emma and Harriet first take tea together, the ringlet in front of Emma's left ear alternates between being snagged in her earring and hanging free. See more »

Quotes

Emma Woodhouse: I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him.
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The film's title has a period at the end, meant to signify the movie as a "period piece" set in the original era. See more »


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Nova Scotia/Lanquenet
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Arranged by William Lyons
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Well worth seeing
18 February 2020 | by SB100See all my reviews

I have previously seen three TV versions of Emma, and the 1990s Hollywood film with Gwyneth Paltrow - which I find excessively sentimental. Emma is not my favourite Austen novel, but the adaptation used for the 2020 film version is generally very good. One or two specifics are omitted, but this is inevitable in compression to the running time of just over two hours.

As all reviews have noted, the film is beautifully designed and shot. Some of the design may even be thought to be over the top, but I thought that was consonant with the mannered approach of the cast, an approach which works well in making this essentially a comedy of manners as well as a love story. The detective story element of the novel doesn't go for very much - little is made of the piano, and Frank Churchill's slip in knowing about Dr Perry's carriage is omitted.

I thought Mia Goth's well-rounded performance of Harriet the best I have seen, and it is certainly difficult to take one's eyes off Anya Taylor-Joy in the titular lead. Other female performances are perhaps more so-so, although Chloe Pirie's harassed Isabella is interesting. The comedic Mr Elton would be well over the top in some adaptations but just about fits in here. Other male roles are adequately filled even though the portrayal of john Knightly is slightly bizarre. Bill Nighy is...well, Bill Nighy, this time with amazing costume.

I enjoyed it, and I intend to see it again soon. Overall I would just favour the 1996 Kate Beckinsale ITV version but this is close behind and in some ways better


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$234,482, 23 February 2020

Gross USA:

$10,055,355

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,948,557
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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