Emma (2009) short review

When I first heard this was coming out, I thought, “Oh god, we need ANOTHER Emma?”  But on the whole, I ended up liking this more than I thought I would!  Romola Garai does a good job with the part, Johnny Lee Miller reads as a little young to be Mr. Knightley, but he’s cuter than Mark Strong in the 1996 version.  The nicest thing is the story really takes its time, which always makes me happy.  The costumes were fine — nothing horrible, nothing to write home about — and seem to almost all have been reworn from earlier Regency film/TV productions. I definitely prefer Olivia Williams’ portrayal of Jane Fairfax in the 1996 BBC version — this one very much brings home how boring she is, which makes her boring to watch!


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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

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