Tag Archives: Jane Austen

EMMA (2020): New Trailer From Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor…

Emma (2020), Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Nighy, Focus Features
Emma (2020), Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Nighy, Focus Features

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Emma (2020).


Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart and Josh O’Connor are the stars of the new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Emma.

Directed by Autumn de Wilde, Emma is a satire of social class and the pain of growing up. Before finding the love that’s been there all along, young, clever, handsome and rich Emma Woodhouse (Taylor-Joy) must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps…

The humour, beautiful costumes, general cleverness and sunshine definitely have my attention.

Mia Goth, Callum Turner, Chloe Pirrie, Rupert Graves, Johnny Flynn, Tanya Reynolds, Amber Anderson, Jill Buchanan, Kevin Daigneault and Aisling Turner also star.

Emma Release Dates: February 14th, 2020 (UK); February 21st, 2020 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Love & Friendship (2016), Kate Beckinsale
Love & Friendship (2016), Kate Beckinsale

Based on the novel Lady Susan by Jane Austen and starring Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel and Chloë Sevigny,  Love & Friendship tells the story of a lady who takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate, whilst harbouring a cunning secret plan to play matchmaker for her daughter and herself during her stay.

Directed by Whit Stillman, I was drawn to this comedy / drama because of the humour in the trailer. Post viewing though, I’d say that as much as I enjoyed the costumes and Beckinsale’s performance, Love & Friendship isn’t particularly great. The film is amusing in parts – for example some of Beckinsale’s dialogue and some of the awkwardness of the ‘silly man’ character played by Tom Bennett were entertaining. However, overall, the experience just  isn’t especially memorable.

There were moments where I found myself being hyper aware of the fact that I was watching actors in costume having fun pretending; especially when Sevigny was on screen. Maybe I just wasn’t expecting to see her in a period piece. Perhaps she was miscast or it’s likely that the film simply wasn’t that enthralling. I do know that the general awkwardness which was most evident in some of the editing didn’t help matters.

I can’t deny the costumes can be quite arresting, so I say watch it if you really must.

Happy Film Loving

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LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (2016): New Trailer From Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny & Xavier Samuel

Love & Friendship (2016), Kate Beckinsale
Love & Friendship (2016), Kate Beckinsale

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel and Chloë Sevigny, today’s trailer comes with what looks like a healthy and handsome dose of British humour – assuming you like that sort of thing…

I’m looking forward to seeing Beckinsale in something different and possibly rather good. My memory of her in Van Helsing (2004), the only movie I have ever wanted to walk out of, still has a strong hold in my brain.

Love & Friendship Release Dates: May 13th, 2016 (US); May 27th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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