CUPID IS ARMED AND DANGEROUS!
England, early 19th century; Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) intends to make a new friend (Toni Collette) of hers and a local minister fall in love, but a farmer comes between them. The first big-screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel came a year after the successful Sense and Sensibility, but isn’t quite up to par. Still, the film benefits from its summer locations and Rachel Portman’s wonderful music score. Paltrow looks very comfortable as the confident Emma who believes herself to be the ultimate matchmaker, but doesn’t realize that she’s leaving herself wide open to romantic invitations.
1996-U.S. 111 min. Color. Written and directed by Douglas McGrath. Novel: Jane Austen. Music: Rachel Portman. Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma Woodhouse), Jeremy Northam (George Knightley), Toni Collette (Harriet Smith), Greta Scacchi, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Cumming… Ewan McGregor, Phyllida Law.
Trivia: Miss and Mrs. Bates are played by real-life daughter and mother Sophie Thompson and Phyllida Law. The novel was also filmed as Emma. (2020).
Oscar: Best Original Comedy Score.