Sep 19

Film review – Emma (1996)

Film review – Emma (1996)


Rating: 6/10

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, Greta Scacchi, Alan Cumming, Denys Hawthorne, Sophie Thompson, Jeremy Northam, Toni Collette

Directed by: Douglas McGrath

Review: Film review – Emma (1996) – Though this film is entertaining enough I was distracted by the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow is miscast in it. I’m not really convinced that its her fault or even the person responsible for casting her. Its just that she has a very modern style that does not seem convincing in this character piece. I have a feeling its something to do with being American, she seems to lack the subtlety required for this role. That said its not a disaster and the film jogs along happily enough with a reasonably good supporting cast to back her up. There are some amusing cameo performances in particular from Toni Collette, Paltrows best friend. Strangely Collette who is Australian seems to pull off the illusion of being English far more convincingly than Paltrow.

If you’re not familiar with the plot Paltrow spends all her time trying to organise other peoples love lives and proves hopeless at it, whilst all the time failing to recognise her own beau.

Whiles away a couple of hours pleasantly, nothing more though. I suspect this will be remade at some point as this is far from the definitive version.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_(1996_film)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116191/

Amazon: Buy it