Emma (2009), A Period Movie Review
The BBC's Emma (2009) Is Quite Possibly The Best Emma Movie
My son and I just finished watching the BBC's television series, Emma (2009). This version of Emma is an extremely funny and beautiful period romance. In fact, it was so good that we actually watched the entire series in one sitting. That is 229 minutes or four episodes of viewing! I have not seen many BBC productions but I have certainly heard of their excellent reputation and, if this is any example, they live up to those expectations of high quality, entertaining movies.
This Masterpiece Theatre version of Emma features Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller, Michael Gambon (the second Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies) and Tamsin Greig and is a four-part series.
Of the four main movie productions of Emma, which include the 1972 version with Doran Godwin, the 1997 version with Kate Beckinsale, 1999 version with Gwyneth Paltrow, the 2009 version is considered by some to be the BEST Emma movie.
On this page, you will find more information about the BBC's version of Emma including the movie trailer, movie reviews from ordinary movie viewers like you and I and movie reviews by the experts. Make sure to take a moment at the end and let us know what YOU thought about this version of Jane Austen's Emma.
"Love knows no boundaries. And neither does she."
Emma (2009) Movie Trailer
Fast Facts About Emma (2009)
- ACTORS: Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller, Michael Gambon, Tamsin Greig, Rupert Evans
- PRODUCER: Phillippa Giles
- RATED: NR (Not Rated)
- STUDIO: BBC Warner
- ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 4 to 25, 2009 (four episodes)
- DVD RELEASE DATE: February 9, 2010
- RUN TIME: 229 minutes
Amazon Movie Summary of the BBC's Emma (2009)
"Beautiful, clever, and rich Emma Woodhouse is convinced she is good at matchmaking after her older sister and her governess both marry suitable husbands. No matter that as Mr Knightley drily observes, in reality, she had nothing to do with these relationships. Yet Emma, certain of her talents, plays a dangerous game as she persuades her new friend, the young, pretty and socially inferior Harriet to reject an advantageous marriage proposal to a local farmer in favour of dashing Mr Elton. So begins a story which challenges Emma's naivety, her social preconceptions and her relationship with Knightley. Fresh and funny, this perceptive adaptation, featuring a stellar cast, brings Jane Austen's comic masterpiece to life." ~ Amazon
My Review of Emma in 100 Words or Less
As I said at the beginning of this page, we LOVED this movie. My 16-year old son was initially reluctant until he paused for a minute and heard the tone of the narration, which was somewhat like the narration in Pushing Daisies, at the opening and until he caught the humour.
I do love period movies and this one was no exception. However, I really was not expecting it to be so funny. Now I need to read Jane Austen's book, Emma, now to see if the book was equally humorous.
The cinematography was beautifully done, especially when you consider this was originally a television series, and the casting was well done, too. Romola Garai was perfect as Emma, Johnny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightly and we were thrilled when Dumbledore (or rather Michael Gambon) showed up as Emma's father.
A simple story, Emma wants to make her friends and family happy in love. However, arranging love affairs is not such an easy task, even when you think it will be. The toughest match in this movie was definitely the best one.
Anyone who loves Jane Austen or period romance movies is sure to love this one...and even, as evidenced by my son, those who don't might enjoy this one because of the humour. You'll definitely be rooting for the extremely kind, caring and considerate Mr. Knightly in the end. Emma was so busy arranging the love lives of those around her that she couldn't see the love of her own life when he was standing right there the whole time!
Reviews By Experts
- Emma (2009) Review From Austenprose
"As Austen adaptations go, this nonsensical Emma is the best of the last six supplied, but I still feel we have a way to go in interpreting Austen faithfully to the screen. Was it enjoyable? Certainly. Will I watch it again? Without hesitation."
- New York Times Review of Emma (2009)
"Austen was satirical about love but reverent about money; she had an almost romantic belief in the healing powers of wealth and breeding. This "Emma" is faithful to that vision - a comedy of manners with a serious passion for private property."
- Emma Movie Review By The Wall Street Journal
"The decision to give "Emma" the full four-hour, lushly-costumed BBC treatment was at first hailed by Austen fans. After two abridged versions of the story, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale, respectively, were released in 1996, fans hoped
- Emma Review From L.A. Times
"But Austen, though the social conventions and expectations of her time are not ours, translates exceptionally well into film as understood by citizens of the 20th and 21st centuries: Her books play like languorous screwball comedies, and her charact
Amazon Customer Reviews of the BBC's Emma
"I've seen the various adaptations of Jane Austen's Emma, but no movie (or actress) really seemed to capture the lighthearted brightness, romance and sweetness of that book. Fortunately, such is not the case with the BBC's latest adaptation -- it's a sunlit, enchanting little story that dances along at a leisurely pace, and has a brilliant cast headed by the astonishingly good Romola Garai." ~ E.A. Solinas
"This is the best version of Jane Austen's Emma that I've ever seen! It's one of my new all-time favorite movies, and I've already watched it about 3 or 4 times. I absolutely love it and highly recommend it to every Jane Austen fan!" ~ AuntieB
This 2009 BBC series was recommended by several friends but I thought, could I really stand yet another version of Jane Austen's Emma? I finally caved and watched it. This movie was highly recommended for a reason - it is the best version!
In other versions of Emma, I thought her quite silly and could never understand her appeal (other then beauty). This movie does a great job of fleshing out each character and the casting is perfect. Kate Beckinsal"s Emma comes in a close second but this movie shines from beginning to end." ~ Margaux Paschke
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Emma (2009) Movie Soundtrack - Music from the BBC television series.
Written by British composer Samuel Sim, this the score for Emma is considered "elegant, witty, romantic, beautiful and delightfully rich in emotion," which represents this film exactly.
AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW:"A beautiful soundtrack from one of my new favorite movies. This soundtrack has some great upbeat songs as well as beautiful flowing ones. Definitely recommend it!" ~ T. Huggins
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