Emma. (2020) Review

This was certainly one worth watching. It took me a little time to get used to the way people were speaking—didn’t come into the movie ready with that mindset, but after taking a moment to adjust, I had a very pleasant experience.

Emma is a comedy in some respects, particularly when it comes to Emma herself. Her youth, naivete, and gross misinterpretations of those around her when it comes to the subject of romance is both part of her charm, and in other ways, her downfall. All goes right in the end, but she and those around her don’t necessarily come out unscathed.

I found Anya Taylor-Joy to be delightful as Emma, and I think she and Johnny Flynn, who plays George Knightley, had wonderful chemistry on-screen. I also found the supporting cast in this movie to be absolutely wonderful as well. My favorite has to be Bill Nighy. He has a way of delivering lines with that charming hint of sarcasm that works perfectly for him, and I found myself laughing the hardest whenever it was his character’s turn. That scene from the trailer about “in-oh-sense” versus “innocence” just never gets old to me.

There’s also a rather hilarious scene involving barriers and subtle social commentary towards the end of the film that has to be one of my favorite scenes of all, but I won’t spoil that scene. I probably couldn’t do it justice.

The audience I was with seemed pretty engaged—laughing here and there and gasping at just the right moments. If you’re into period pieces, or just a sucker for anything Jane Austen (as I am), then I think it’s safe to say that this is definitely not one to miss.

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