Published on February 14th, 2020 | by Angele Colageo0
This is another take on one of Jane Austen’s classic comedic social commentaries. Clueless was the modern version that placed the main character, Emma Woodhouse in the 2000’s. This traditional telling, by American Director Autumn de Wilde comes off as a kinder film than previous remakes.
The British classic does not really change. However, the characters display a gentle presence within the scope of Regency society. Austen’s tales of how women are expected to live and behave during a time where they rarely owned any property and their social standing would depend on a good match in marriage.
Now, Emma Woodhouse (Anya-Taylor Joy) is the younger, unmarried daughter of Mr. Woodhouse (Brilliantly done by Bill Nighy, capturing our attention with stillness and such deadpan delivery. Utterly fantastic scene stealing, Sir.) Emma has resigned herself to eventually be the spinster daughter that lives in her father’s house, taking care of his needs. She is a hopeless romantic, and sees herself as an exceptional matchmaker, having just made the wedded pair of her Governess, Miss Taylor and the Widower, Mr. Weston.
She proceeds to go on and make pairings that might seem to be appropriate, however mistakes and errors ensue. This becomes a romantic comedy of errors led by the misinformed and inept leadership of Emma. The acting is charming, the story is time tested. There are many versions of this via film or BBC series. Jane Austen’s novels will always have charm and humour, it is up to the director to show how their take makes their film a standout in the pool.
This movie is a delightful, charming movie with excellent actors from Britain’s best. The costuming and set are perfection. The film is a light, endearing story that Austenites know well.
3 out of 5