Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Emma (1996) movie

Emma (1996)
Director: Douglas McGrath

Based on book: Emma by Jane Austen
Rating: 5

Inspiration: Everything Austen Challenge hosted by Stephanie's Written Word

Description from imdb:
Based on the Jane Austen novel, "Emma" tells the story of a young woman in England who plays her town's matchmaker. When attempting to match up her friend with the Reverend Elton, Emma starts to run into complications, which multiply amongst themselves with cases of mistaken intentions of love, a cast of supporting characters who each love someone else, but Emma doesn't know who loves who, and Emma finally realizing the one person she truly loves.

Tagline: Cupid is armed and dangerous!

Mrs. Bates and Miss Bates, mother and daughter in the film, are played by real-life mother and daughter Phyllida Law and Sophie Thompson (who are also real-life mother and sister to Academy-Award-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson).

Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations - details here
The Oscar was for Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score to Rachel Portman. I gotta track down this CD!

Wet moment:
Sorta - Frank Churchill is on horseback crossing a river when he first meets Emma. Maybe his legs get a little splashed on.

Side note: Ewan McGregor is my all-time favorite actor! *sigh*

Read about Ewan's thoughts on this men's fragrance which was released February 2008.

And, Mr. Knightly gets wet, but we don't get to see it.
I rode through the rain! I'd - I'd ride through worse than that if I could just hear your voice telling me that I might, at least, have some chance to win you. - Mr. Knightley

My thoughts:
In-a-word: Matchmaker, sch-matchmaker
Re-watch: 2nd time

Definitely a more fun and light Jane Austen story. I love how the heroine is somewhat independent and set out to do "good works". Emma's growth and emergence from cluelessness is entertaining to watch.

Gwyneth is a great Emma. Very cute character for her. And the rest of the cast are fitting as well. Although, this is the only version I've seen. Don't know if I want to see any other - could be because my fave actor, Ewan McGregor, is in this version as Frank Churchill - and he sings in it!

Hubby's rating: 4
His thoughts: Entertaining


  1. Ahh...Ewan McGregor! He inspires such loyalty (and he's aging so well!). I've got this on my list...thanks for your review!

  2. This is my favorite version of Emma too . . .and I must admit it is because of Ewan McGregor as Frank Churchill and Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightley. Great cast. In the other version from the same time period staring Kate Beckinsale, Mr. Knightley is BALD!!! I know Mr. Knightley is supposed to be older . . . but I don't want a bald hero, especially when you can have Jeremy Northam!

    Great review!

  3. I've never been able to watch this one all the way through..but now that I know that Ewan McGregor is in it, I'm going to have to give it another try!

  4. This one is my favorite as well! I watched the other Emma with Kate Beckinsale and I barely got through it was soooo boring. And Knightley was definitely thinning out on the top. That actor plays in Stardust so it was fun to see that. And Ewan and Jeremy are just great in whatever they're in. Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. mmm Ewan McGregor. I'm planning on watching this version soon and hopefully he can keep my mind off of the fact that I don't particularly like Gwyneth Paltrow :P Thank you for the review!

  6. I'm glad to see a review of this version of Emma. I'm planning on watching it as part of my Everything Austen challenge (as soon as I can finish the book of course). I've actually gotten much closer to finishing.

  7. I just LOVE the actor who plays Mr. Knightly in this Emma!

  8. Ewan McGregor! He is made of awesome.

    I'm planning to see this film too. I love the book and I'm looking forward to seeing the film once I finish re-reading the book

  9. Ahhhhh Ewan. I just finished this movie and really enjoyed it, but haven't blogged about it yet.

    I didn't even know there was a Kate Beckinsale version. And a BALD Mr. Knightly??? Noooooooo


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