Emma (1996)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  

United Kingdom/USA, 1996.  Haft Entertainment.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Excellent adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel has a superior performance by  in the role of the matchmaking socialite living in the English countryside. Emma, having already taken care of marrying off her governess and best friend (), now has the daunting task of finding a perfect mate for her new best friend (), all the while fending off the advances of the man () she wants to set her friend up with. Of course, when a charming and handsome stranger (Ewan McGregor) visits the little town, Emma realizes there’s nothing against her finding a little action of her own. Literally overflowing with memorable performances, it features excellent turns by  as Knightley,  as Miss Bates,  as a hilarious Mrs. Elton and  as a lovely Jane Fairfax. There’s really not one thing worth pointing out above the other in this thoroughly enjoyable film: Douglas McGrath’s script is equally flawless to his direction, Rachel Portman’s musical score is probably her best ever, and the sets and costumes are opulent to infinite proportions. Rent this along with its modern adaptation, Clueless, and enjoy a great evening of matchmaking brilliance.

Academy Award:  Best Original Score-Musical/Comedy
Nomination:  Best Costume Design

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