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5.0 out of 5 stars BBC Produces The Best Emma Yet!, 23 Oct 2009
This review is from: Emma [DVD] (DVD)
Having read Jane Austen's novels a million times over and watched every adaptation produced, I like to think of myself as a real "adaptation critic". So it was with trepidation that I sat down to watch the BBC's Emma. Whilst initially concerned about the portrayal of Emma as being too enthusiastic, I refered back to my book and yes, Emma does giggle and she does cry and I thought well I will give the BBC artistic license to freshen it up for a younger generation. My next concern was the age gap between Mr Knightley and Emma. Previous adaptations have made 38 year old men looking postively ancient. Johnny Lee Miller is actually 37 (perfect) and Ramola Garai is a very young looking, fresh faced 27, so can easily pass for 20. Pushing those two concerns aside, everything else about this adaptation is perfect. I love all the portrayals, the scenery, but most importantly, the understanding of the story and what Jane Austen's Emma is all about. I have been giggling away throughout each episode as the characters are brought to life. It is so refreshing to see an adaptation that runs so well with the book. It was not since the BBC's Pride & Prejudice that I remember being so impressed. As I write this, there is still one more episode to show, and that includes Box Hill. I can't wait!!!
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Initial post: 25 Oct 2009 22:09:21 GMT
Lizzi S says:
Further to my review, having just watched the final episode I am disappointed with the end. I don't understand why they changed it, having been so accurate all the way through. I feel let down! (Heavy sigh)

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2009 12:06:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Oct 2009 12:06:27 GMT
I enjoyed your reviews, Elizabeth. However, the ending is mainly faithful to the book, although Harriet Smith's story is somewhat rushed through. Mr. Knightley and Emma do go on a trip to the seaside: "They had determined that their marriage ought to be concluded while John and Isabella were still at Hartfield, to allow them the fortnight's absence in a tour to the sea-side"" (Ch. 55)

So the ending is accurate! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2009 21:48:36 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2009 19:14:53 GMT
Lizzi S says:
You are so right! I am very happy you have pointed this out as I did love the adaptation so I am excited about it again. I did re-read the end but didnt go back far enough. I should have known the BBC wouldnt get it so wrong! Thank you!!!
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