Can't go wrong with a Jane Austen Sunday afternoon at the movies. This newest version of Emma is quite pleasant and delightful. It's a very pretty film with lots of pastels colors, flowers, and green grounds. The estates are magnificent, the clothing lavish, and the manners and deportment are very quaint.
Emma (Anya Taylor Joy) is very pretty, admired and loved, and quite the meddler. She's always matchmaking but not for herself. She's promised Papa (Bill Nighy - always funny and quirky) she won't leave him. Meanwhile, Mr. Knightly (Johnny Flynn) hangs around as a pal, and he alone can call out Emma on her manners and actions.
Her meddling ultimately comes back to bite her with a good friend, a neighbor, and Mr. K. She has to work through her conscience and make amends. Emma is a fluffy film but in the manner of Jane Austen, words do matter. Actions matter. And one must be agreeable with good intentions. Beyond handsome, rich, and clever, there has to be some depth of character.
This was a fun film to see with girlfriends on a cloudy afternoon, with a tasty lunch afterward.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.