Just curious-- what makes the 2009 Emma adaptation a work of art?
*cracks knuckles* *pulls out color coded binder* I’m so glad you asked.
I’ve seen a lot of Emma adaptations: Clueless, Emma (1996), Aisha, the other BBC series (the one with Kate Beckinsdale and Mark Strong), Emma Approved, and of course, the 2009 BBC Miniseries. The 2009 version is my favorite, it always has been, and it always will be. Most of that comes down to characterization, but it is also about the way it captures Austen’s story magnificently though language, set design, costuming, and music.
AK:Telling other people what they need, fixing them when they don’t need to be fixed, hm. Who does that sound like? EW:Alex Knightley, do not say what I think you’re going to say. AK: Oh I’m going to say it. EW:Don’t you dare. AK:She is doing to Jane what you did to Harriet. She’s exactly like you!
I almost threw my back out last time. Oh, well that’s what you get for trying to restrain a lady against her will. As if I could ever get you to do anything against your will. Seriously though, you’re like unnaturally strong. It’s intimidating.
“His tall, firm, upright figure, among the bulky forms and stooping shoulders of the elderly men, was such as Emma felt must draw every body’s eyes; and, excepting her own partner, there was not one among the whole row of young men who could be compared with him.”
“Insufferable woman!” was her immediate exclamation. “Worse than I had supposed. Absolutely insufferable! Knightley! I could not have believed it. Knightley! Never seen him in her life before, and call him Knightley! And discover that he is a gentleman!”