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|Regie:||Autumn de Wilde|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 125 min|
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Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) belongs to the better society in a small town in England in the early 19th century - and she knows it very well. She is beautiful, smart, wealthy and also a little too full of herself. No wonder she hasn't found a man good enough for her yet. And so Emma prefers to spend her time pimping others. Her latest mission: to get rid of the rather unimposing Harriet (Mia Goth). Too bad that this is not going as planned. And then she herself is manoeuvred into unwanted emotional chaos…
On several occasions Jane Austen's classic "Emma." has been filmed for TV and cinema or was the godfather for her very own interpretations, such as the cult teen comedy "Clueless". Now another adaptation is coming to the cinemas, but it doesn't bring any new aspects to the material. Director Autumn de Wilde spasmodically tries to make the humor a little more off-beat and modern, but always loses herself in a thoroughly conventional production, which deprives the film of any chance of a unique selling point.
For the title role Anya Taylor-Joy was won, who has revealed a certain versatility in such different movies like "Split" or "Vollblüter". But she could not convince me here. To me, her play here seems too artificial and the dialogues too recited - the whole thing performed with always the same facial expression. When this is finally changed in a dramatic scene towards the end, it seems very unbelievable and almost involuntarily funny.
It's a particular pity that Autumn de Wilde's staging deprives the story of the Austen-typical languor factor, which actually makes the story really beautiful. Sure, the dialogues are very funny at times, but the emotional level is missing, which is crushed by conventional sterility here. This "Emma." wants to be different (hence the dot behind the name in the title), wants to be fresh and modern - and in the end it's just one of many adaptations of the same story. Not bad, but it has been there too often - and better implemented. That's why the well-deserved "worth seeing" is only available with a few small cutbacks.
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