Enjoyable romantic comedy adapted from Jane Austen’s novel. Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) is a young woman who deems herself an excellent matchmaker. After marrying off her governess (Greta Scacchi), she sets her sights on Harriet Smith (Toni Collette), a girl who had hoped to marry a local farmer. Emma soon dashes those dreams by setting Harriet’s sights higher: the Reverend Elton (Alan Cumming). However, although many of her efforts don’t seem to make their mark, Emma never loses hope, certain she knows what matches would be perfect, for everyone except herself. Like the prior adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels, there is plenty of gorgeous scenery, and exquisite manners. However, also like the prior adaptations, if those weren’t your cup of tea, Emma won’t be the film to win you over. However, if you can stand English romantic period drama, Emma will be a perfect match. Light and airy is a good description of the film, which rests easily under the heading of romantic comedy. Gwyneth Paltrow does a wonderful job with the title role, displaying an abundance of confidence as the reckless matchmaker. There are an abundance of rich characters throughout, and excellent dialogue. Director Douglas McGrath keeps the pace moving at a good clip throughout it’s whole two hours. Emma should please anyone who isn’t dragged into the theater.
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