Emma (1996) short review

A very Hollywood Austen adaptation, the least on-target in terms of feel.  Gwyneth Paltrow looks good as the title character, although I don’t like her performance at ALL as much as I like Kate Beckinsale in the BBC version.  The costuming is VERY mishmash “Regency-esque.”  The only real outstanding notes are Greta Scacchi (always fabulous), and Jeremy Northam makes a more dashing and handsome Mr. Knightley than Mark Strong in the 1996 BBC version (of course, Strong is probably a lot closer to Austen’s writing the character).


About the author



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.