Anya Taylor-Joy Shines In Newest “Emma” Adaptation

Just because Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself some more love. Bookstr had the opportunity to see Emma. before it hits theaters and the experience was lovely.

 

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as “Emma Woodhouse” in director Autumn de Wilde’s EMMA, a Focus Features release.
image via Focus Features

Here’s the synopsis: Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma. Beautiful, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

The movie was great for a couple of reasons. The costuming was amazing. The sets and locations they shot on were stunning. Though this is Autumn de Wilde’s debut as a film director, she has directed countless music videos. The dancing scenes in the movie, in particular, had a great show of musicality to them. The entire film’s score, orchestral to fit the time period, had a light and airy feel to it.

 

 

Wilde is also an acclaimed photographer having works in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and more. Her keen eye for detail was evident within the still shots of Emma, the setting, and the beautiful pieces of art. The coloring of the film is also worth noting: It seems they only shot with natural light for sequences outside. While inside, like in the Woodhouse estate for instance, they used the light that came through the windows. Furthermore, night scenes were candlelit and gave the characters a lovely soft glow. Don’t believe me? Check out more of the stills from the film.

 

Mia Goth (left) as “Harriet Smith” and Anya Taylor-Joy (right) as “Emma Woodhouse” in director Autumn de Wilde’s EMMA, a Focus Features release.
image via Focus Features

 

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as “Emma Woodhouse” in director Autumn de Wilde’s EMMA, a Focus Features release.
image via Focus Features

 

Anya Taylor-Joy (left) as “Emma Woodhouse” and Johnny Flynn (right) as “‘George Knightley” in director Autumn de Wilde’s EMMA, a Focus Features release.
image via Focus Features

As far as adaptations go, Emma. is one of the best I’ve seen. Anya Taylor-Joy brings Ms. Woodhouse’s character to life. She can be arrogant and unapologetic but still sweet and caring… Taylor-Joy strikes a delicate balance. Johnny Flynn as Mr. Knightley makes a great match to Taylor-Joy’s Emma. He’s charming, nothing but honest with Ms. Woodhouse, and is completely in love with her. Thus, making me fall completely in love with him.

Going into the film, I didn’t have high expectations but I was pleasantly surprised. I walked away having really enjoyed myself as had a fellow editor here at Bookstr, Saoirse. Don’t just take my word, go and see it yourself!

To get more information on the movie EMMA , check out Focus Features on their website and on social media: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Emma. is out today in theaters in New York and LA and will be wide released everywhere on Friday, March 6th.

 

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as “Emma Woodhouse” in director Autumn de Wilde’s EMMA, a Focus Features release. Credit : Focus Features

 

Featured image via Focus Features

 

 

 

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