onsdag 12 juni 2013

Which Emma adaptation to watch?

I've been without internet for almost 2 weeks, but it's finally up again!
(When my fixation for my current broadband is up I'm definately switching companies)

On my classical read-list I'm on Emma (by Jane Austen) right now and I'm a little more than half way through it. Since I am impossible when it comes to waiting and information, I of course had to find out wich of the movie adaptations is the best. It doesn't seem to have a clear answer (like with Jane Eyre it was clearly the 2006 BBC version most people seemed to prefer) sooooo; I'm going to watch the three most debated:

Emma tv movie from 1996 starring Kate Beckinsale

What most people who have seen this adaptation seem to have a problem with is Kate Beckinsale as Emma and the ending. But I generally like Kate Beckinsale, so I am not discouraged, and I guess we'll see about the ending.

Emma movie from 1996 starring Gwyneth Paltrow
With this adaptation what people seem to be having trouble with is that it's too sweet and light. But from what I've read so far, the book does has a lightness to it, so it should be fine. And the actor playing Mr Knightly didn't seem to be a big favorite. But, we'll see, maybe I'll like him? (Btw, just judging from the cover photo, that is precisely how I imagine Emma)

Emma mini series from 2009 starring Romola Garai
About this one I can't seem to find one common ground on why it's the best or the worst or why ppl liked it or disliked it, but I think it looses to the others chiefly because it's the newest, and that seems to be the case with most adaptions, people always like the older ones better. But, I shall enjoy this one and be as un-biased as I can. Romola btw looks exeedingly beautiful, she has a warmth that I could definately see in Emma that Gwyneth doesn't have. 

And finally I might even break out this one:

Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone, wich is, as most people know, a parody/modern re-telling of the original book Emma by Jane Austen. I haven't seen this movie in such a long time, but it is ALWAYS hillarious and I think Alicia Silverstone makes a sweet, (but not as bright) Emma, or Cher as her character is called in Clueless. The only thing I couldn't fathom though is Paul Rudd as Mr Knightly, although, it IS a re-telling so he's not exactly Mr Knightly either.