Review

Charming AF

The new adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma delivers a double dose of fantasy - and a dash of social commentary.

by Cybele Knowles

In her new adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma, director Autumn de Wilde goes for broke, aiming to achieve it all: historical realism and a contemporary spirit, comedy and emotional depth, style and substance, romantic fantasy and social commentary. It's a lot to weave together, and sometimes a thread gets lost in the film's dense tapestry. But overall this adaption is intelligent, significantly new and devastatingly charming.

In her new adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma, director Autumn de Wilde goes for broke, aiming to achieve it all: historical realism and a contemporary spirit, comedy and emotional depth, style and substance, romantic fantasy and social commentary. It's a lot to weave together, and sometimes a thread gets lost in the film's dense tapestry...

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