EMMA (1996 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.2|5.0 Starsììì

Emma performs like a PBS, British period piece that moves between the poles of lethargic and sluggishness while attempting to entertain. Add to that languor an unlikely love story completely based in unreality and you’ve bought yourself 120 minutes of anguish. However, if you love Jane Austen novels, revel in that old country, 2-piece suit, British stiffness then this film will be, absolutely, your cup of tea, British tea that is. Director Douglas McGrath catches the original Jane Austen novel’s flavor to the tee and maximizes the original story’s feel in a most uncanny manner.

Storyline

Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) believes she possesses terrific matchmaking skills, but in a series of misunderstandings and misinterpretations nearly misses her opportunity at romance and almost misdirects a friend into missing her soul mate.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Douglas McGrath for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Donna Gigliotti, Bob Weinstein, and Harvey Weinstein for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow), Mr. Weston (James Cosmo), Mrs. Weston (Greta Scacchi), Mr. Elton (Alan Cumming), Mr. Woodhouse (Denys Hawthorne), Miss Bates (Sophie Thompson), Mr. Knightley (Jeremy Northam), Harriet Smith (Toni Collette), and Mrs. Goddard (Kathleen Byron

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s perfectly British right down to its tea and crumpets.

Ben Meyers

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