It’s happened. I’ve finally succeeded in reviewing all three of the primary adaptations of Jane Austen’s Emma. Where did this happen? Over on Silver Petticoat of course. Within a month (give or take), I revisited all three of the best known adaptations of Emma. Beginning with A&E’s (my mother’s favorite), and then moving onto the most recent which is BBC’s before ending with the first I ever saw: Miramax’s version starring Jeremy Northam. Not only was this my first exposure to the witty side of Austen (I really think Emma is her most humorous, tongue in cheek story), but this may have been my first introduction to Austen, period. For these reasons, I do adore this adaptation and honestly, have a kind of attachment to it.
Overall, I probably prefer the BBC miniseries for a variety of reasons, but gosh, this version is wonderful in its own way. Plus, guys, I’m sorry but NO ONE does the “badly done, Emma” speech like Jeremy Northam. Just sayin’.
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You can find Emma (1996) digitally on Amazon Video
If you want to read the review, you can find a snippet (as is the norm) down below and find the link to the complete review.
For many years, this adaptation of Emma – from writer and director Douglas McGrath – easily won my heart as the favorite in a crowd of other interpretations of this witty Austen classic. I think the primary reason can be attributed to this being the first version of the classic love story I’d seen. The more recent BBC version was merely an idea at the time and I wasn’t aware of A&E’s retelling as of yet. Because of these factors, I’d already seen this several times before introduction to any other versions. Grouped in with the lineup of other period dramas Miramax released during the ’90s, this version is also flawed but still one of my favorites for reasons I shall attempt to put into words. Continue Reading ➔
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