Emma: Douglas McGrath’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel is very traditional, but no less delightful because of it. The story of a meddlesome matchmaker, who stumbles into a love to call her own as she tries to provide it for others, is wholesome and feel-good. It’s quite a cast. Gwyneth Paltrow, with her classic beauty and warm smile, creates a sweet, well-meaning title character. Jeremy Northam is quite good as the dignified, elegant gentleman who spars with her at every opportunity. Sophie Thompson is quite touching and funny in her minor role. Musical composer Rachel Portman’s score is lively, a thing of beauty. The film has a sumptuous production and costume design. Editor Lesley Walker milks some transitions for maximum comic effect. The camera movements of cinematographer Ian Wilson are, at times, inspired, but his lighting of some scenes is a bit heavy-handed.
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