Emma

Emma

DVD - 2020
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"In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends."--www.imdb.com.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
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QuentinHayes
Nov 23, 2020

I confess, I have no idea why the director made the choices she did. If I did, maybe I would have enjoyed this interpretation of Emma. The overacting was grotesque. Ditto the gratuitous nose-bleed. I had been warned that it was nothing like the book--after all, Emma is selfish, has too much social power for her young age and consequently makes terrible mistakes with other people's lives, but she is endearing, nonetheless. This eye-rolling, snot-nosed--and, as others have noted, overaged!--version of Emma was distinctly unappealing. What's-his-face playing Knightly was just plain weird. Ditto the Beau Brummel-like dressing scene. There was indeed a unity to the weirdness and grotesquerie, but I don't understand why anyone would feel the need to flatten out the emotional complexity of the story. And, no, underpants hadn't been invented yet, but how many peep-show shots do we need to remind us that?

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slaroche
Nov 22, 2020

2.0* found this series slow and boring.

MomoT Nov 15, 2020

A lush and amusing take on the classic Austen novel, that breathes new life into a well known story.

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chinyere90
Oct 26, 2020

The best part of Emma is the way it was shot. Aesthetically, each scene was filmed beautifully. But Emma's character was horrid. Even in the end when she was supposed to have redeemed herself, it really doesn't come through in her speech or actions. The rest of the characters were average. There seemed to be no moral to the movie. Just... people in colorful clothes, mistreating and misunderstanding each other for 2 hours.

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RobertC65
Oct 25, 2020

I loved this wonderful film (and Jane Austen would be so thrilled.) Visually stunning, excellent acting and a story that is timeless. Definitely a 5 Star Review! Enjoy this masterpiece!

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LauraSteinert
Oct 09, 2020

If you've only read Emma once, you might not like this. If you have read it more than once and think Emma was a spoiled, meddling, selfish girl with a superiority complex that verges on neurosis, you'll love this--although the reveal of Emma's true nature was underplayed. Knightly is too young, Emma too old, the father too pleasant, but overall the casing was well done and the acting very good. If you haven't read Emma at all, only seen the movies, you are missing out on a truly amazing experience.

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EMCWilson
Oct 06, 2020

I was really looking forward to this movie, especially since "Chummy" plays Miss Bates. The sets seemed move like backdrops than actual rooms, many of the characters were much less developed than in other versions. Emma's hair was very distracting and unattractive. And that nosebleed scene was ridiculous. I did enjoy the music. My favorite is still Kate Beckinsale's version.

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Barsby
Oct 06, 2020

The best EMMA was the 2009 miniseries with Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller followed up by the abridged version starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Enough said.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Oct 06, 2020

Not a bad movie, just hard to follow sometimes (though that might be because the person I was watching with kept talking...)

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navy_eagle_586
Sep 28, 2020

Do not watch!! This shows partial nudity. don't ask why they rated this movie PG Hollywood is rigged like I said before: always look up movies on the internet before you watch them.

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jimg2000
Sep 08, 2020

On screen text at the beginning:

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

Lyrics of Queen Bee as end credit rolls:

All is for my mistress all is for my maid
Sweetness that I took for sweetness that she gave to me
My queen bee
Though my heart has long been given to you
Summer's turn is nigh
Swifts and swallows swoop and yearn for you
With all that's in the sky
But blow the wind and come the rain and come my love again
All is for my mistress all is for my maid
Sweetness that I took for sweetness that she gave to me
My queen bee
Autumn's flourish fruit that falls for you
Apples sweet as death
All that falls has lived and died for you
Gently come to rest
But blow the wind and come the rain and come my love again
All is for my mistress all is for my maid
Sweetness that I took for sweetness that she gave to me
My queen bee
Winter's kiss has some enthralled
So they keep their…

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jimg2000
Sep 08, 2020

About Emma, at the very beginning of the novel, not the film:

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. She was the youngest of the two daughters of a most affectionate, indulgent father; and had, in consequence of her sister’s marriage, been mistress of his house from a very early period. Her mother had died too long ago for her to have more than an indistinct remembrance of her caresses, and her place had been supplied by an excellent woman as governess, who had fallen little short of a mother in affection.

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