I am an all time period drama addict. I can't get enough of those BBC dramas, especially those that are Jane Austen adaptations. So when I had the opportunity to choose a movie from Mommy Bear Media, I went straight to the British section to browse.
Have you heard about Mommy Bear Media? It's a website that offers family-friendly movies for sale. All their movies are selected according to this criteria: they are clean (No R, NC-17, TV-MA, and selective PG-13 and TV-14 ratings) and good (high quality, top-rated, with a good message). What I like about it is that it's a family-run business of moms who want to help other moms easily find great movies at good prices! And they have a fun selection of old tv favorites I grew up with like Boy Meets World as well as newer releases.
I think that I have seen just about every version there is of Emma. This updated version starring Romola Garai and Johnny Lee Miller is definitely my absolute favorite. The scenery is gorgeous and the costumes are equally eye-catching. But most importantly, the actors bring Jane Austen's characters to life.
If you don't know the story of Emma, I'll give you a little taste in a nutshell: she's an upper class young woman who meddles in other people's business, specifically in match-making. This brings a whole lot of complicated but entertaining problems.
Romola Garai is amazing as Emma. There are many who don't like the character of Emma; she's a snob, thinks she knows it all but really doesn't etc. But somehow when you see this movie, she grows on you. Romola makes you feel for Emma; she means well but things don't always turn out the way she intended. And she's very naive when it comes to knowing her own feelings and those of others.
Johnny Lee Miller makes a wonderful Mr. Knightley. My only gripe is that he looks too close to Romola in age. Emma is supposed to be 20 and Mr. Knightley is supposed to be something like 16 years older than her.
And Michael Gambon (you may recognize him from Harry Potter) plays Emma's party-pooper of a dad to perfection. He is quite delightful, quirky, and fun to laugh at!
If you're a fan of period dramas, Emma is a must-see film. I adore this version and will probably watch it over and over again!
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