A successful interpretation in Emma

As Jane Austen’s literary classics continue to be revered by readers worldwide, the latest interpretation of one of her most notable works is a great success. 

Directed by Autumn de Wilde, “Emma.” chronicles the romantic adventures of a young woman named Emma Woodsworth (Anya Taylor-Joy), who tasks herself with finding suitable matches for her friends.

Despite the haphazard opening scenes of the movie, the film’s  screenplay, casting and music were impressive overall. With initial reservations due to the fondness I held for both the book and the 1996 film version, the skilled acting, clever directing and wonderful scenery all contributed to the experience. 

In the book, Emma  made the novel’s other characters dull due to her colorful personality and vivaviousity. In the film, each supporting character assumed their role so exceptionally, it created a sense of individuality and distinguished each actor greatly from each other. For example, Harriet’s (Mia Goth) role as Woodsworth’s best friend was accentuated by her childish air and naive innocence, while Mr. Nightly (Johnny Flynn) was often able to convey clear messages simply through a facial expression, his penetrative understanding serving to exhibit Woodsworth’s flaws. 

Additionally, the soundtrack and screenplay harmonized immaculately, resulting in the audience accurately receiving the specific mood derived from Austen’s novel. Well-placed orchestral music, ranging from light-hearted tones to intense ones, is used to both accent the elegance and tension of certain situations. Transporting readers back to early 19th Century England, the movie’s gorgeous backdrop was due to its main film location in Firle Place, one of England’s historical museums, providing astounding scenery. 

Overall, director de Wilde’s approach to such a frenzied and intricate tale truly highlights Austen’s original novel, albeit, simply adding a modernist twist. With the perfect balance of pretentious elegance and witty comedy, the movie captures the definition of charm. Riddled with unsuspecting details and comments throughout the beginning of the film, de Wilde’s adaptation cleverly reveals the connection of everything in the final scene. 

A timeless movie sure to entertain viewers from all walks of life, the motion adaptation of “Emma.” truly deserves the publicity it has received.