Handsome, clever, and rich.
In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.
Review of Emma by Christopher Pattison
Yet another victim of a shortened theatrical release due to COVID-19, ‘Emma’ came and went in theatres only playing to a handful of audiences across the globe. Based on the Jane Austin novel of the same name, ‘Emma’ is a period comedy that tells the tale of Emma Woodhouse (played by Anya Taylor-Joy), a well-mannered, well-intentioned young woman, who meddles in the love lives of her close friends, set to the backdrop of 1800’s England. This film was simply delightful. It had great performances with Anya Taylor-Joy proving once again that she is a wonderful actress and capable of delivering strong and magnetic performances. She shines here as Emma, hitting great comedic beats whilst also staying true to the character. The production and set design is gorgeous as well, feeling very authentic to the time period portrayed. The costuming was also very impressive with the film using bright colours to compliment the production design as well. Director Autumn de Wilde has an obvious love and appreciation for the source material, with real time, effort and passion put into each and every shot, to make the film feel authentic and genuine to the time period, whilst also hitting every comedic beat as well with gusto. The cinematography is gorgeous as well, with lovely vibrant lighting captured with unique shot composition. Director of photography Christopher Blauvelt (DOP for ‘Mid 90s’ & ‘Don’t Worry he Won’t Get far on Foot’) does a marvellous job of capturing the setting and the feel for the period, which paints the film in a beautiful light. ‘Emma’ was a wonderful surprise, filled with great period drama and comedy, wonderful performances and rich costume and production design. I really enjoyed this film and would highly recommend it to audiences wanting a light-hearted comedy with a twist. Even if you are not a fan of Jane Austin’s work, I feel there is still something that you will get out of it. I am giving ‘Emma’ a 7.5/10. Pick this one up on Blu-Ray and DVD today!
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Release Date: 03 Jun 2020
Actor(s): Anya Taylor-Joy, Angus Imrie, Letty Thomas, Gemma Whelan, Bill Nighy, Aidan White, Edward Davis, Chris White, Rupert Graves, Miranda Hart, Myra McFadyen, Esther Coles, Suzy Bloom, Suzanne Toase, Nicholas Burns
Catalogue No: DL4936
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
OFLC Rating: PG
Run Time: 119
Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: English, Dolby Digital 5.1, German, Dolby Digital 5.1, Turkish, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, English Audio Commentary, English for the Hearing Impaired, Finnish, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
Region Code: 2,4,5
OFLC Advice: Brief Nudity, Mild Themes And Coarse Language
Director(s): Autumn de Wilde
Genre: Comedy, Drama