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The Most Beautiful Thing In The World Is A Match Well Made

Posted by Kaitlin Saunders in Blog on March 24, 2011

Hi friends!

My husband and I returned last night from our trip to the wonderful country of Canada. What a blast! We stayed at the most fantastic B&B in Victoria, British Columbia, and visited Craigdarroch Castle, the Butchart Gardens, Hatley Park, and the Royal BC Museum. Even though we arrived a little under the weather, we didn’t let that dampen our spirits or the enjoyment of our adventure. Hatley Park, if you were unaware, is a fabulous castle that has housed many motion pictures and TV series. Among the films/TV series that have used the historical site are Little Women (with Winona Ryder), X-Men (Xavier’s school for the gifted), and Smallville, the WB hit. Crazy, huh?

Speaking of films, I think it’s about time for the next blog post critiquing yet another Jane Austen film adaptation! On the chopping block this time is Emma. For many of you, the 1996 pairing of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam probably comes to mind when thinking of this delightful Austen story—and rightly so. Cleverly acted with particularly good casting, this adaptation has struck a chord with audiences world-wide.

But let’s not forget the two other versions also worth mentioning. Released the same year but for television, Emma starring Kate Beckinsale and Mark Strong is worth watching. At 107 minutes, the viewer is allowed adequate time to see the story unfold and the acting is superb. Although Mark Strong may not be as likable as Jeremy playing Mr. Knightley at first, Mark’s portrayal grows on you and towards the end of the movie you admire him just as much.

Last but not least we have the most recent, and in my opinion, the most beautifully and thoroughly captured version of Emma. Brought to us in 2009 as a mini-series by BBC, it stars Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller (along with so many other favorites in the British acting scene).

Emma and Mr. Knightley

Throughout its 240 minutes, this adaptation is successful in capturing the essence of Jane’s classic in so many ways—just watch it and you’ll see what I’m taking about! The cinematography, the casting, the settings, the costumes—this is the type of movie project which inspires me to write and create stories for the big screen! Well, there you have it folks—as you can tell, I have a favorite Emma adaptation, but what about you?

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