Jane Austen was just so perceptive about people and their characters, and it's the reason why her stories are so universally understood and so easy to relate to in some way or another. It really is refreshing to finally sit down and really be able to enjoy a good movie thoroughly not just while watching it, but in looking back and having a lot to think and re-think and better understand more about the characters and their situations. You can actually walk out with so much to talk about. This is a movie worth having an opinion on because it's not just another "feel good" or just "funny" movie that once it's over, that's the extent of the "entertainment," like so many of the latest movies that have come out. It seems like the quality is deteriorating more and more in the entertainment industry.
Emma is so well played by Ramola Garai! And the "insufferable" Miss Bates...! I'm in the middle of watching it now along with my husband comparing it to the book, which we both recently read (thanks to my being bed-ridden a few weeks ago, and his long work commutes). Honestly- I had tried three different times to read the book, and always got so fed up with Emma's arrogance.
I just couldn't finish itbut I forced myself and it was so worth it- especially if you're up for some good laughs!
I will say- a complaint with this new version is that the ending is wrapped up way too fast. . . but overall I do recommend it if you, like me, have been hoping for another good, longer film (it's about 4 hours) to watch and actually enjoy. . . maybe on a Sunday afternoon?
. . . "Badly done, Emma!"Gotta love that Mr. Knightly- he's really letting her have it now...!