Review: Emma Woodhouse tries to help her friend and others around her to mend broken hearts and to find romantic bliss. She takes it upon herself to find someone for her friend, Harriet Smith but things start to go bad for Emma Woodhouse.
Director: Douglas McGrath
Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, Greta Scacchi, Toni Collette, Ewan McGregor, Juliet Stevenson and Ruth Jones
Genre: Comedy, Drama and Romance
This film is based on a comic novel by 19th century author Jane Austen. Other of her novels and plays include Sense and Sensibility and also Pride and Prejudice. I have to say that this is the weakest of the stories. I did find the pace of the film to be very slow. Fantastic performances especially from Gwyneth Paltrow. I love the period costuming. It is always lovely to see especially in the Jane Austen adaptations. Emma and Mr. Knightley’s dance is called “Mr. Beveridge’s Maggot” this was also used in the 1995 t.v. version of Pride and Prejudice. Before Gwyneth Paltrow took the part she studied horsemanship, dancing, singing and archery. Both Nicole Kidman and Diane Lane turned down the lead roles. At the Academy Awards in 1997 this won one Oscar and that was for Best Music, Original Music or Comedy Score.