Beautiful version. The screenwriter is Andrew Davies who also dramatized the version of Pride & Prejudice starring Colin Firth. Particularly enjoyable is the sublime Samantha Morton's nuanced scene-stealing portrayal of "Harriet". The VPL offers 3 other film versions.
Readers might enjoy these VPL books - (1) "Emma An Annotated Version" edited by Bharat Tandon (2) "Jane Austen at Home" by Lucy Worsley (3) "What Matters in Jane Austen? 20 Crucial Puzzles Solved" by John Mullan.
i think this version is absolutely the best, the casting is amazing, the acting is amazing, the sets are amazing. i put the paltrow one a poor second (though it's nice that it includes many of the scenes that the beckinsale one omits). i couldn't even get through the garai one. her behaviour is way too 20th/21st century. it spoils it for me.
I liked this version a lot, but I think I prefer the one with Ramola Garai. Anyway, this is extremely well done - acting, scenery, costumes, beautiful horses, etc.
These comments seem to have mixed Jane Eyre with Emma!
Samantha Morton is the best Jane of all "Jane Eyre" production.
This version is also the best of all "Jane Eyre" story ever made.
I really like Morton and Hinds as Jane and Rochester (my favourite characterisations of the versions I watched - I loved their interactions), but I would have liked to have the story line closer to the book - a miniseries rather than a film.
It didn't really bother me that this version Emma had brown hair, instead of blonde, but I had seen all the versions of Emma at about the same time, and for some reason I can barely remember anything about this one, so it isn't very memorable, but I don't think it's bad.
Best version. When you think about a movie for 2 days after you watch it, you know it's good. None of the others compare and I think I've seen them all.
IMO, this is the best version of Emma, despite being Not A Fan of Kate Beckinsale. She gives a good performance here. (For the record, Romola Garai is nearest my idea of the character, but I could barely watch the rest of her version.) The direction is sharp, and the script is witty -- since it is very close to the book. And look at that cast: Bernard Hepton, Prunella Scales, Mark Strong (sigh!) and, above all, Samantha Morton as Harriet. She's perfect; but isn't she always?
It's unfortunate that this wonderful, almost 700 page book has been made to fit into such a short movie version. It's the time limit that cannot possibly justice. However, I gave the movie a 5-star rating because, for the short alotment of time, the main actors, Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds give outstanding performances.
If it had been made as a mini-series as another version was, we'd had far more of the important parts of the story included and had the tale remarkably told by a pair with unforgettable talent.
It has come to my attention recently that I have 5 DVD's with the same actor, Ciaran Hinds playing a role, whether a cameo appearance, or the main character.
I am a huge fan of British films and I much prefer their wry sense of humour to foul language that passes as humour in American shows.
To get his hair cut?!
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