Run time: 125 mins
Austen’s classic is given a pastel-coloured refresh in Autumn de Wilde’s debut feature
Not only exquisite in its stylistic flair, with luxurious locations and expressive costume design, this new Emma adaptation focuses on showcasing the timeless wit of its source material. Emma Woodhouse (played by rising star Anya Taylor-Joy) is a multi-layered young adult: spoilt and egotistical, yet also vulnerable and insecure. Living in Georgian- and Regency-era England, she believes she is naturally gifted in romantic matchmaking (despite arguing that she herself will never marry). Focusing her efforts on her friend Harriet Smith (Mia Goth), Emma tries to set her up with the local vicar Mr Elton (Josh O’Connor), disapproving when a lowly farmer proposes to Harriet. Critiquing Emma’s meddlesome behaviour is her neighbour and friend, the gentleman Mr Knightley (Johnny Flynn), with whom she shares semi-flirtatious banter. As their chemistry develops, Emma’s resolve to stay independent is threatened. Bill Nighy is a wonderful addition to the British talent, offering a splendid portrayal of Emma’s hypochondriac father (Mr Woodhouse). Whilst exploring the complexities of growing up, love and redemption, Emma. is a visual feast to indulge in.