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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Emma (and Mr Knightly), 11 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: Emma [DVD] (DVD)
It seems people either love it or hate it! Which is actually as it should be - remember how many Austen purists vented fury at that wet shirt of Darcy...

Anyway back to Emma. What I love about this version is the freshness, wit and humour that comes through in the characters. Emma starts off as a pain in the neck, snooty and in need of a good slap. Many of the reviewers who gave it a poor rating judged her on the first episode, and some didn't even watch any further... - wake up, she's supposed to be hard to love, Jane Austen said so! What this version shows is how she matures, under the guidance of a Mr Knightly who admonishes her rather than shouts. I thought he portrays his frustration with Emma very well, and yet also showes a gentler side, reminding us that actaully the reason he chastises her so often is because he cares, and wants her to grow up and behave suitably. After all we need to believe she would fall for him in the end. Some of Jonny Lee Miller's best moments are the one-liners, the looks and gestures. But boy can he deliver speeches too - the end of episode one about Harriet's proposal, Box Hill and the adorable profession of love.

The dialogue is adapted - it would have to be, some of the speeches in the book go on for pages. But Sandy Welch actually included much of Austen's words. The telling of the story is pretty true to the book, much more so than other versions, and includes far more of the the minor characters and sub-plots. John Knightly, Miss Bates, Elton were all fabulously characterised.

Inevitably some people will never be happy, and I suspect they don't like the 'modern' way the characters were portrayed. I thought it worked well. There's s lot of humour between the main characters, and as a result they feel real, and you start to care about them. This is a fresh adaptation, telling the story faithfully and wonderfully acted. Each time I watch it I see new things, the little clues that are almost inperceptible. I re-read the book immediately after seeing it and it made me love this version even more.
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Initial post: 7 Apr 2010 16:12:00 BDT
Love it, love it, love it! In fact, it has spoiled all other adaptations of "Emma" for me, it just beats them all hands down. Brilliant!

Posted on 2 Feb 2015 19:49:44 GMT
Melinda says:
I couldn't agree with you more. It sad seeing negative comments about this version, but I really think this adaptation is lovable, despite its "modernization". I watched it over and over, noticing jonny lee miller's gestures and pause in speech, and for me it fits well, I love him even more. I often go back to reading the novel, to see how this adaptation correspond to it, and I find the slight twists pardonable. This is by far the most dearest adaptation of emma for me, if I may say so.

Posted on 21 Apr 2015 09:49:18 BDT
Kathryn says:
"The telling of the story is pretty true to the book, much more so than other versions, " I haven't seen this version but the Kate Beckinsale version, made by the same team who made Pride and Prejudice is very faithful. I doubt this one can be more faithful.
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