“Emma” Directed by Autumn de Wilde – Movie Review

BY: Angie Haddock


A few months back, I read (and reviewed) my first foray into Jane Austen – the classic “Emma.” One of the reasons I picked that one was that a new movie version had come out this spring, so I thought it would be fun to read the book before seeing the movie.

I watched the movie at home this fall, and saved the review for today – Happy Jane Austen day!

The first thing I noticed in watching this film adaptation is that the look of it is very light and airy: pastel colors, lots of sunlight streaming through windows, that sort of thing. I must admit I envisioned the 1800s in the UK a little more… rainy? But it was pretty to look at. Another stunning visual was the costumes, especially some of Emma’s. The women sometimes appear in all white dressing gowns, but when they do doll up – they doll up.

The lead in this one is played by Anya Taylor-Joy. I didn’t recognize her at first, with the blonde ringlets she sports in this movie, but I actually did see her – and like her – before in “Split” and “Glass.” (Recently, she’s been making waves in Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit.”) I was on the fence about her performance in this. On one hand, she spends most of the movie just looking annoyed. On the other, that could be fair for the character. She has some more emotional scenes toward the end, so we’ll say she did an admirable job but took a bit to warm up.

Some other familiar faces appear on screen here, too: it was lovely to see Gemma Watson out of her “Game of Thrones” warrior gear, and “Sherlock” fans will recognize Rupert Graves. But of course, the cherry on top of this sundae is definitely Bill Nighy as Emma’s dad. Nighy is always good, and often gets to be a little “bigger” than he is here. But he does give some light-heartedness to the otherwise tiring Mr. Woodhouse.

For the most part, the movie follows the story of the book pretty faithfully. I felt like there was more hinting at Jane and Frank being a couple, but that could also be because I knew ahead of time watching the movie. There were definitely more hints about Emma and Knightley ending up together, and that’s probably for the best! In fact, it starts becoming really apparent around 60% in – as opposed to 80% into the book. I felt like their ending up together was sort of abrupt in the book, so I liked that they set it up a little sooner here.

Isabella (Emma’s sister) and her family aren’t in the movie as much, but I do feel that her character was much more annoying in the movie than she seemed in the novel. In her brief appearance here, she is shrill and over the top. My only thought was that maybe the director was using her marriage to emphasize why Emma did not want to get married.

The most important change, though, comes near the end. In this version, Emma actually goes and sets things right with Robert Martin, which prompts him to ask Harriet again to marry him. I have mixed feelings about this part. It’s definitely a redeeming move, and helps to make Emma seem like she’s grown as a person. But in theory, isn’t she still meddling here? Setting up her friend’s marriage instead of letting things play out on their own? Since she’s the one who messed up their getting together in the first place, I think I’ll give Emma a pass on this move – it was her problem to fix, so to speak.

This was an enjoyable movie. Nothing revolutionary by any means, but cute.

PS: While I was digging around for pictures, I came across some beautiful ones from Vogue. If you’re interested in lush photo shoots, check it out.


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Love, Victor: Episode 1 – Welcome to Creekwood – Conversation

“Love, Victor” Episode 1 – Welcome to Creekwood – TV Review

BY: BRITTANY LEWIS & NISHA GODE

“Love, Victor” (2020) is a Hulu original series that is the sequel to the movie “Love, Simon” (2018). “Love, Simon” is based on Becky Albertalli’s 2015 novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.” All 10 episodes of “Love, Victor” are available right now on Hulu.

“Victor is a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation.” – “Love, Victor” synopsis from IMDB

For this review Brittany and Nisha will discuss their opinions on the first episode “Welcome to Creekwood”


NISHA:

I loved a new person and meeting his family

BRITTANY

The first episode did start off with a vibe that blended well with the tone that “Love, Simon” set, so it’s easy to tell that they’re both in the same universe which I enjoyed. But, I was iffy on that tone with the movie. It was/is a bit idyllic. And the vice principal, Ms. Albright, being too much of a narrative dump kind of threw me off. I know for a pilot episode they need that but with the short time run for each episode it paces off for me.

NISHA

Yeah it did really feel like a Love Simon set especially when we got to Creekwood. I thought it was weird but funny that the Simon story was mentioned so early as a legend around the school. It sets up the insta message though from none other than Simon Spier.

BRITTANY

That’s what’s throwing me off. They make it seem too idyllic. But, from the promo for the season it’s showing how VIctor’s story won’t be like that especially when the grandpa is against his friends kissing. Makes it more realistic. Not everyone is as accepting, especially the older generation.

NISHA

Yeah if it hadn’t been for the trailer I would’ve expected more of the same going in. More of the same movie plot.

BRITTANY

It is a good flip on the movie, that Victor even says in his email to Simon that his story is different. I hope they keep going with that because the pilot was a bit more of the same in a way.

NISHA

Well Simon is probably going to stick around and give more advice to Victor

BRITTANY

I just hope it’s more a bookend thing personally. OK, so let’s talk about the characters. Who did you like and who did you not like?

NISHA

Victor has his own magic moment when it comes to basketball though. Immediately on the team.

BRITTANY

Yea, I like how the coach called him “love” it seemed out of nowhere but made me like him.

NISHA

I think that is just how Coach is.

Felix comes off really strong and I didn’t quite like him but I’m happy they made up and went to the carnival

I don’t know if you’ve watched TVD but Lake was giving me strong Caroline Forbes season one vibes.

BRITTANY

I’m getting some Stiles from “Teen Wolf” vibes from Felix which is making me like him, but there’s just a bit too much ‘trying’ from him that’s throwing me off.

I’ve seen some TVD and I am getting a bit of those Caroline vibes from Lake, but I’m liking how she was happy for her bestie Mia when Victor asked her to go on the ferris wheel. I saw the ship in her eyes.

NISHA

Mia seemed nice I guess.

BRITTANY

Mia is nice for sure, but that’s all I’m getting from her so far. Nice.

NISHA

Really? I thought she seemed jealous

BRITTANY

Lake just had this happy smile on her face when they walked away that made me think she was happy for Mia.

NISHA

Have you seen One Day at a Time?

BRITTANY

No I didn’t.

NISHA

I didn’t like the dad, but that’s my own hang up from watching his homophobic season one ass in One Day at a Time. Not looking good for his character on this show.

BRITTANY

That’s interesting.


Overall, Brittany and Nisha enjoyed the first episode. As of posting Nisha has finished the series and Brittany has not.

Please let us know your opinions down below.


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