EMMA.

audience Reviews

72% Audience Score72%
  • 5 of 5 stars
    Full Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconFull Star Icon
    Excellent version of this favorite story. It may even be my favorite adaptation to date. Mia Goth was an absolute delight. She stole several scenes. I enjoyed all of the acting. Great entertainment!!!
  • 4 of 5 stars
    Full Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconEmpty Star Icon
    As a Janeite myself, and Emma being my favorite Austen, I'll try to focus on the film aspect of this adaptation, and avoid the stupidity of comparing it with the novel. If you want the book, go read the book. That being said, this is the most beautiful Austen movie ever made. Is it the "best" adaptation? Not really. Did Anya Taylor-Joy dethrone Romola? Of course not! But De Wilde's Regency world is absolutely intoxicating, sexy, lavish, pristine. The attention to detail, the color palette, the soundtrack, the cinematography, the love put into everything is so refreshing, modern, funny AF, and overall delightful. If I have to be picky, Emma is missing one single drop of substance. Anya delivers a wonderful performance, indeed, but the screenplay has her show no remorse for her behavior till much later on. Although she fits the part beautifully. Miranda Hart serves us Miss Bates realness like the pro she is. And when Box Hill comes around she really stops the show. Thank Heaven for Josh O'Connor!!!! He plays the cutest, most adorable Mr Elton EVER, and I devoured every single one of his scenes as macarons. Bill Nighy is a gem. Truly, I cannot say more. A gem. Yes, his take on Mr Woodhouse might seem completely different to every other incarnation, but the essence of the overprotective, hypochondriac father is still, with a delightful sense of humor. The Fairfax/Churchill subplot is a bit under-toned, sadly. As it slways happens, the secondary characters suffer the most when the chopping block is up. However, Martin/Smith have a couple very endearing moments that remind us how freaking complex this Austen novel is, and how glorious the characters are. Johnny Flynn's naked butt has made me forget Colin Firth's Mr Darcy ever wore a wet shirt in the 90s. And his Knightley was so human, and so full of feelings I am thankful for. It is refreshing to see a Knightley that does not spend an entire film mansplaining. ALEXANDRA BYRNE'S COSTUMES TOOK MY BREATH AWAY. This movie is pure Bonnet Porn, y'all! Masterful!!! Keep in mind this is an Emma for a whole new generation, and it delivers, hits the target, and is totally worth it. If you are a purist, keep reading the novel and rewatching the 90s.
  • 5 of 5 stars
    Full Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconFull Star Icon
    Very fun. The shots were beautiful and it had more than the usual amount of humor.
  • 3 of 5 stars
    Full Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconEmpty Star IconEmpty Star Icon
    Beautifully shot, costumes to dream about, Bill Nighy still reigns. After watching this you will wake up to the realization that you too intimately love your best friend(s). You will begin to write them a letter, decide you've lost your chance, begin the letter again from scratch, send it, and decide that it is up to the powers that be now. You will begin to write a love story of you two, frame by frame, in your head. You are absolutely dressed in all of the - once again - GORGEOUS costumes from Emma. You begin to think of them when you are potting a plant and now that is their seed in your heart and in the universe. You roll around in the grass pretending to be in a tickle fight with your new long lost love. *Advised to clean up pet feces for full freedom of rolling. One day, they text you, 'lol, did you send a letter?'. You. Are. In.
  • 5 of 5 stars
    Full Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconFull Star Icon
    Terrific take on the story, whimsical and fun. Great music and acting. A really nice, feel good film.
  • 3 of 5 stars
    Full Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconEmpty Star IconEmpty Star Icon
    Films that have an elegant feel and take place hundreds of years in the past usually don't draw me in. For that reason alone, take this review with a grain of salt. Based on the Jane Austin novel of the same name, of which I have never read, I went into this film blindly, as I haven't even seen the previous adaptations either. Although I will be admitting some great things about this film as a whole, I personally found it to be average overall. Here's why you'll probably love this movie if you're into these types of films, but also why it won't win you over if you're not. Emma. follows Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) as she observes the ongoing relationships of her friends and family. Becoming too involved in certain areas, she begins to disrupt those relationships. In particular, she complicates things with her friend Harriet (Mia Goth) when she convinces her to make certain decisions. This made for a slightly frustrating experience for me, as I wasn't too fond of her actions. With that said, Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular character was fantastic, as she always is. Although I haven't seen tons of movies featuring Taylor-Joy in a meaty role like this, I have to admit that her being in a film does pique my interest. Her, along with the supporting cast of this movie, all do a great job in sucking you into this time period. I felt like I was transported back into the 1800s, which is no small feat. Movies like this simply don't work unless the production design is flawless and this film was pretty close to perfect in that regard. Being in the business as a production designer for over 25 years, Kave Quinn did some great work here. This brings me to whether or not you should watch the movie in general. Fans of stories from this time period that are prone to liking movies like this from time to time will probably love this film, because all the elements that these movies usually bore me with are extremely well done, admittedly. There is a flip side to that though. I've never been interested in movies like this unless they broke new ground and made a fresh new spin as The Favourite did in 2018. This movie was very well done though, so I definitely feel a positive grade is warranted. In the end, Emma. may not break any new ground for the genre, but it will more than please those who have been eager to see it. For anyone else, I fear it will either mildly entertain you or leave you bored. The 2-hour run time definitely felt its length for me and I didn't feel that the story went in many interesting directions. I've never exposed myself to this story in the past though, so perhaps this wasn't the best version to start with. Overall, it's a well-made period piece that just didn't interest me all that much.
  • 2 of 5 stars
    Full Star IconFull Star IconEmpty Star IconEmpty Star IconEmpty Star Icon
    It was okay but it missed much of the humor that is present in the novel. Some characters like Nighy and Miranda are fun but in all it just felt bland. Bland like saltfree saltines. I prefer the 1996 version better. There is more intensity and richness to the characters overall in that version.
  • 5 of 5 stars
    Full Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconFull Star Icon
    I loved the clothes and scenery/set designs. The comic timing was spot on. Beautiful movie, and beautifully made.
  • 5 of 5 stars
    Full Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconFull Star IconFull Star Icon
    Maybe the best version of Emma ever! Loved the English folk music and soundtrack.
  • 2.5 of 5 stars
    Full Star IconFull Star IconHalf Star IconEmpty Star IconEmpty Star Icon
    A bloody nose in one of the most romantic scenes??? Did not get so many of the choices. The costumes were good!