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The best adaptation,
This review is from: Emma [DVD]  (DVD)
The crew, namely Andrew Davies as scriptwriter and Sue Birtwistle as producer, that adapted Pride & Prejudice (1995) on film did a fantastic job again.
Andrew Davies came up with yet another delightful, fresh and lively script.
The scenery was picturesque reflecting the social position and financial means of the characters, just like the costumes did, disclosing also lot of info about characters. Just think of the overdone robes and droll headdresses Lucy Robinson, as Mrs Elton, was wearing: showing her lack of taste and her desire in aspiring for higher status than she actually represents! And the elegant yet moderate clothes of Jane Fairfax showing no lack of taste, but of means. Simply brilliant!
All actors were superbly cast. Kate Beckinsale, as Emma and Mark Strong as Mr Knightley, Prunella Scales as Mrs Bates, Bernard Hepton, Samantha Morton, Raymond Coulthard ... and I could go on and on were all excellent, you could truly associate them with the role they played.
The adaptation as a whole had more depth than the Paltrow version and was more true to Jane Austen's spirit.
If you are a true Austen fan, you mustn’t miss this film!