Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Review: Emma

Director: Douglas McGrath

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo

Year: 1996

Genre: Romance

Rated: PG

Length: 121 min.

IMDB Summary: In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman.

Though I have not read the Jane Austen novel, I thoroughly enjoyed this film adaption. For the most part, the acting was good and the sets were decent. Every now and then, a character would appear in a coat or a haircut that seemed out of place for the time period. Paltrow was well-suited for her role as Emma, a nosy but likeable "matchmaker." The dances performed in the film seemed to be taken from A&E's Pride and Prejudice a year earlier--of course, the time period is relatively the same, but Emma would have been better off not using the exact same dance and musical score. Although the quality of this film is not top-notch, I enjoyed it for the witty acting and light romance plot.

For Parents:
Brief mild language

My Rating:
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