The Emma Masterpiece BBC Mini-Series (2009) is utter perfection. While the story is slightly altered, there is no doubt the changes are seamless. The actors are almost exactly as I had pictured them. Johnny Lee Miller (a fellow I have secretly crushed on since Hackers 1995) and Michael Gambon are flawless. Romola Garai (with her acting prowess) manages to make Emma more likable and accessible. Even knowing the ending, I still got the chills. 5 out of 5 stars
Rewatching Clueless (1995), now that I know Emma, was like being let in on a private joke. All the similarities and nuances suddenly became vivid and unmistakable. I loved it. It was such a delight to see the late Brittney Murphy do such good job as Tai (Harriet). Paul Rudd won me over with his sweet vulnerable Mr. Knightley. However, for me the best part was the flashback to my youth with pagers, saggy pants, grunge, Real World, cassette tapes, 90210, and even Beavis & Butt-head. 4 out of 5 stars.
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This book-to-movie was in honor of the Book Rat's Jane in June.