Produced by the BBC and released in 2010
Staring: Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller, and Micheal Gambon
Four episodes that are fifty-six minutes each
As you may or may not know, I just finished Emma by Jane Austen and enjoyed it thoroughly. I got the newest BBC mini-series adaptation for Christmas this past year and I been eagerly waiting until I read the novel to watch it, and when I finally started it, I watched it in two sittings because it was so enjoyable.
I thought the casting was great. Emma looks like a young Reese Witherspoon, and is great as the slightly vain and spoiled Emma, Johnny Lee Miller, who you may know from Elementary, plays Mr. Knightly and I loved him in that role. In fact, I'm starting to think that Mr. Knightly has passed Mr. Darcy for the number one Austen love interest out of the novels I have read so far. Oh and P.S. Dumbledore plays the over-protective and very funny Mr. Woodhouse.
The humor of the novel came through very well, and the costumes and scenery were beautiful. It's possible that the love between Mr. Knightly and Emma was a little too obvious in the first few episodes, as in the book, both characters have an epiphany moment, but Emma's epiphany moment was well-done I thought. And did I mention that Mr. Knightly is very, very handsome?
There's something so entertaining and serene about watching Austen adaptations, and I'm always on the look out for great ones, so let me know which ones are your favorite.