I don’t have time to say a lot about the 2020 version of the comedic classic Jane Austen book, Emma, beyond the fact that you should definitely watch it. It is a witty, fast-paced, emotionally charged adaptation with an outstanding cast and eye-popping, resplendent set designs that are worth the watch alone.
If you haven’t read the book or seen the 1996 version or even the modern-day take in the form of Clueless, Emma is a charming, clever, wealthy young woman who also happens to be an incurable matchmaker with a penchant for meddling out of the belief she knows what’s best for everyone. She lives alone with her father, in this version a delightfully canny portrayal by Bill Nighy, and despite protestations that she does not wish to marry herself, she does spend a great deal of time fixated on the topic.
This version is overflowing with charm, suspense, and an incredible amount of momentum for a period piece. I don’t believe it is available on any of the subscription streaming services yet, but it is easy to rent from Amazon and Apple. Two thumbs up!