Published March 20, 2020


Film info

  • Title Emma.
  • Director Autumn de Wilde
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 2hrs 4m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline Handsome, clever and rich

Jane Austen's beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma. Handsome, clever and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little English town. In this glittering satire of social class, Emma must navigate her way through the challenges of growing up, misguided matches and romantic missteps to realise the love that has been there all along.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:50 Appreciate that she’s a spoilt rich girl but the light the guy is carrying is achieving absolutely nothing.
5:03 Miranda!
7:07 Bill Nighy is greatness itself.
11:40 The full stops are really annoying me.
14:07 “… is as much above my notice as below it.” Bitch!
20:05 They do good coats in this time.
25:46 Very windy around these parts, I don’t like it.
28:52 I don’t mind this story but oof, what is her claim? What to happiness? Shut it.
29:41 “Better to be without sense altogether than to misapply it as you do.”
35:27 “I’m always ill at Christmas.” Same.
42:20 Mr Elton in the carriage is just so awks.
48:28 They did NOT get Miranda to say “Such news”.
55:59 “As a first meeting, it cannot happen again.”
1:06:31 I’m loving spotting the great and good of British TV.
1:14:06 How do they all know what to do??
1:16:56 I don’t like that you just end up dancing with everyone anyway. It doesn’t matter who you ask, you end up all dancing together.
1:25:43 That whole massive house for one guy?
1:32:49 So mean to darling Ms Bates.
1:43:29 Is Harriet so bold in the book? I only remember the Romola Garai version.


A few things about the background to watching this movie: Its release was brought forward to digital rather than going to cinemas due to the global lockdown currently underway. That meant we were keen to watch it regardless of what it was all about because we’ve been waiting for this moment! Films available at the same time as the cinema (or as they should be in the cinema if the cinemas were open). Heaven.

But I wanted to watch it anyway, because I like the story of Emma and I love Miranda Hart. The only problem I have is being slightly obsessed with the BBC’s adaptation with Romola and Johnny Lee-Miller. Nothing will ever beat that and this one didn’t, but it came very close.

Also, Mr C had been seriously turned off period pieces after the confusion and horror that was The Favourite. Thankfully, this one turned the tide back again. Funny, warm, a good story, nice pacing, and not a single fish-eye lens.

I didn’t necessarily buy the chemistry between Knightley and Emma which is a bit of a problem, but I liked the friendship between Emma and Harriet, it seemed closer and more intense than other adaptations. All in all, really good, and worth watching on day one.

Rating: 5 / 5

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