Monday, January 25, 2010

What did you think about PBS's adaptation of Emma on January 24? - Part I

Vote in my poll in the sidebar. I'm curious to find out what everyone thought. If you have comments, post them here. Update: I had to break this poll into Part I and Part II b/c I didn't know there was a Part II. Look for the second poll next Monday.

10 comments:

  1. i felt they over explained the emma story, including the intro montage with jane and frank leaving. then exaggerated the characteristics that define emma. i know not everyone has read the book 10+ times, but it was just too much. i love jonny lee miller but jeremy northam will always be the best mr knightley in my book! :)

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  2. With the exception of Johnny Lee Miller, I didn't like anything about it. It was completely lacking in humor. My goodness! Even Michael Gambon was boring. Plus, we're not seeing anything on Knightley's part that shows he has an interest in Emma beyond being her neighbor and "mentor." I hate to be severe on one of our own sex, but Romala was not up to the task. there you have it.

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  3. Oh I have it recorded...I will watch it and vote right away!

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  4. I really like this version - not my favorite (that would be the Paltrow Emma) but each time I watch it it grows on me more. The first time I saw it, I was not pleased. It takes a few viewings to get over some of the unorthodox decisions the adapters made.

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  6. Sets and landscape were beautiful and sitll... I snozzed a couple of times. There was something lacking. Johny Lee Miller was my favorite thing in this adaptation but as another person said, there is nothing in this character that tells you he could have some romantic interest in Emma. Will finish watching this coming Sunday but I will not buy the DVD this time.

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  7. I found it very average - pleasant enough Sunday evening viewing - but didn't rock my boat. The Box Hill picnic annoyed me, but the scene when they finally get together is quite sweet - definately the best bit of the whole version for me!

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  8. I voted "okay." I think I am too partial to the Paltrow/Northam version though. To me that version was perfction! The costumes, the scenery, the music, Emma, Miss Bates, Mr. Woodhouse, Harriet Smith, and of course Mr. Knightley were all perfect in my opinion! I think it would take a lot for this adaption to replace that one in my heart.

    In this version I felt Emma to be too theatrical, Miss Bates not so innocent, Elton a little too creepy, and Mr. Woodhouse not so loveable. Wow, sounds like I am being way too critcal! Sorry, I did like Mr. Knightley, Jane Fairfax, and Frank Chruchill though.

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  9. I know we Americans have only seen Part I, but is there anything in Part I that makes you think Knightley is falling for Emma? There has to be some lead-up to the romance. So, Meredith, I don't think you are being overcritical. But I am b/c I loved the cast of the Paltrow adaptation, esp. Miss Bates, Sophie Thompson. Except for the scenery, it didn't work for me.

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  10. I did not like the Paltrow version. It's been a while but I think it wasn't faithful to the book. I very much like this version's Knightly. I think when he watches Frank sing with Emma, this Knightly seems more than troubled. Maybe Knightly simply displays alarm at watching Frank with Emma but to me, this reaction to Frank and Emma at the piano serves as a believable prelude to jealousy and realizing he loves Emma. I think Johnny Lee Miller's acting is wonderful.

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