Emma is either my favourite or second-favourite Jane Austen book (there’s a constant battle between it and Northanger Abbey), and after watching the trailer I wasn’t sure what to make of this new iteration. It didn’t particularly excite me, and I was so in love with the Romola Garai mini-series that I thought it would surely fall short.
It did not.
While the mini-series undoubtedly goes into more detail than a feature film, this new adaptation of Emma plays up the humour, laces scenes with more physical comedy, and manages to make you fall in love with (almost) every single character—even some you might have previously despised.
The visual tone of the film, which was awash in light hues and pastels, served to make the tale brighter and more modern while keeping true to the setting and story.
Bill Nighy was undoubtedly the most well-known actor in the cast, with Miranda Hart perhaps coming in at a second. The rest of the cast was made up of actors I’ve noticed before, but never enough to remember their names or follow their filmography. Obviously that will change going forward, because this ensemble had me (and the rest of the audience) smiling and laughing the whole way through.
This is a spectacular film that I believe will bring joy to long-time Austen fans and introduce a whole new generation to her more comedic works.