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Emma. – The most recent adaptation of Austen by Autumn de Wilde is Justice done to the novel!

After Numerous adaptions done before, Autumn de Wilde has made a film on Emma – 1815 novel of Jane Austen. The comedy drama is directed by Autumn de Wilde and written by Eleanor Catton.

Previous adaptions

Jane Austen has been into films many times from stories based on her life to stories of her books. Just like ‘Pride and Prejudice’ , Emma has also been adapted many times before. Most recent adaptation of the book is BBC’s mini Series by Romola Garai while the first adaptation by Gwyneth Paltrow in 1996.


Anya Taylor-Joy played the protagonist Emma Woodhouse and Johnny Flynn played her partner George Knightley.
Bill Nighy played Emma’s father Mr. Woodhouse.
Mia Goth played Harriet Smith, Miranda Hart played Miss Bates. We saw Josh O’Connor as Mr. Elton, Callum Turner as Frank Churchill, Rupert Graves as Mr. Weston, Gemma Whelan as Mrs. Weston, Amber Anderson as Jane Fairfax, Tanya Reynolds as Mrs. Elton and Connor Swindells as Robert Martin

Release date

In the United Kingdom it released on February 14, 2020- Valentine’s Day. It will release in the United States on February 21, 2020.


The film opens with 20-year-old protagonist preparing for the wedding of her governess, a pairing she thanks to her own matchmaking skills.
Emma is a daughter of a rich man in the town. She is proud with her lavish country estate. A pair of servants attend to the ludicrous demands of her hypochondriac father.  Emma is in no rush to find a match for herself but she enjoys meddling into the love life of others in her life. She spends her time in matchmaking. She misleads people around her from their true love and is hell bent on making them marry the ones she approves of.
The story evolves when Emma and cruelty melts as Knightley enters in her life. This was the final story Austen wrote before her death.

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Eleanor Catton has definitely adapted the novel so we’ll that she retained every aspect of the novel into the film. We can say it is Justice done for the novel.

Director Autumn de Wilde has maintained the photography and the art of the movie just as it was in the book. Beautiful houses in the country, dollhouse tidy homes , not grand but lavish estates. Everything looks subtle and beautiful taking us into 18th century.

Like every other Jane Austen adaption,  the central coupling decides  the success and in this adaptation Taylor-joy and Flynn did a great job. Their onscreen chemistry was charming.