One of my favorite ways to waste time is to employ searching out new period dramas. I probably can spend an hour on any given day doing this very thing on Amazon. (Never fear, I don’t do this daily, but I’m just putting it out there that I could.) But recently in an effort to help Silver Petticoat build up their period drama review archives I’ve been revisiting some of the oldie but goodies and re-watching them in consideration of writing a review.
My recent rewatch journey included a pair of Emma adaptations (I own three and have watched two of those three), which are different, but still similar. Today I reviewed BBCs 2009 adaptation that was more miniseries than film starring Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have “issues” with the miniseries and its lack of sophistication, but overall, I do adore this version. It’s more of a whimsical version, really. And as someone who appreciates individuality in cinema, I really, honestly do enjoy this take.
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You can find Emma (2009) digitally on Amazon Video
If you’d like to know more specifics or my likes, dislikes and rambling fangirl thoughts on the romance, you can read the review* down below.
If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. – Mr. Knightley
It’s been six years since I first sat down to watch BBC’s most recent adaptation of Emma. Ironically, that inaugural viewing was I believe, around the same time of year I sat down to watch it again this month. (In those six years since watching this adaptation, this is only my second viewing.) While a second viewing didn’t damper my appreciation or take away from the charm that is Jane Austen, there was a certain commentary of criticism running through my mind as everything unfolded. Continue Reading →
*Adding in an asterisk here because I made a grievous oversight in aforementioned review. The ONE thing I was horribly remiss about and blanked on talking about in said review is the ballroom. Oh. My. Gosh. The vitally important dance between Emma and Knightley? It’s gorgeously choreographed and staged. Enough said.
‘Emma’ (2009): A Playful and Whimsical BBC Adaptation. See my "overview" thoughts + a link to my review of the BBC miniseries adaptation. #JaneAusten #Movies Click To Tweet
As always, I’d love to know what you think of this version; is it a ‘thumbs up’ or down for you? Do you like the cast? What’s your favorite adaptation? Share your thoughts!