22 June 2010

Emma: From BBC to Clueless



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.

41 comments :

  1. Not seen the new one but my favorite will always be the one with Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightly..swoon..lol

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  2. You are just determined to convince me that I need to read Jane Austen aren't you? LOL! :-)

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  3. Oh yes - I loved the new Emma - so beautiful and well done. Also love clueless. I actually saw Clueless and had no idea it was a retelling of Emma(I wasn't a Jane Austen fan yet) - until I watched the Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow I had fun discovering all the ways they had altered the story.

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  4. i love emma!just read her few days ago and i think i need to watch some movies of it too ;p

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  5. i love both of these movies too! i've been in love with johnny lee miller since he played edward in mansfield park 1999 but he's extra fantastic in emma.

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  6. Oh I adore the latest Emma adaptation. Jonny Lee Miller was SO good as Mr. Knightley!

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  7. Ruth: Wasn't he? Exactly as I had pictured him. Brilliant yet sad.

    Chelley: I must rewatch Mansfield Park. I remember loving him in that film as well. ;) I remember having mad respect for Frances O'Connor after seeing that one.

    Darlyn: Yah!

    Mary: Me tooo :)

    Shannon: Absolutely my darling :)

    Lady: oooo my you must see the new one! It's superb :)

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  8. Oh my goodness, I LOVE Clueless. And it is awesome to watch when you've read Emma--such a clever movie (with such amazing fashions). I'll have to watch the new miniseries!

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  9. I love the new Emma and of course, I love Clueless. I actually watched Clueless first as a kid and then read Emma in high school- I then laughed at all the connections as well. They are both brilliant!

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  10. Haven't seen Emma yet but have seen Clueless many times..so have an idea of how the other emma might play.Great movies

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  11. Kicking it old school with Clueless. Hehe

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  12. Although I haven't seen the first one, it does sound enchanting. Clueless on the other hand...loved it! Definite flashback...and Paul Rudd, yes..definitely. Have to give props to Brittney Murphy though...one of her memorable performances though certainly not the only one (RIP).

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  13. Meredith: Agreed :)

    Christina: Exactly! I saw Elton (Clueless) in a whole new light ;)

    Julie: Run out and grab Emma. It's amazing! :)

    Cleverly: LOL :D

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  14. I so want to see the new version of Emma, but there's a wait on Netflix. Sad.

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  15. Oh how I loved Clueless! What a fantastic movie...and I had no idea it came from Emma....but now that you mention it ~ well the similarities are flawless!

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  16. Whitney: Oooo I can't wait for you to see it :)

    Stacy: :D

    Gmr: Agreed :) It was bittersweet to see her. She also has a brief interview in the special features.

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  17. I love BBC's production of Emma, I didn't know Clueless was a spin off of Emma. Nice comparison

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  18. I haven't seen Clueless in so long. I think it may be time to revisit that one; especially in regards to Emma. Maybe I'll make a double feature of it. :)

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  19. I, too, have had a crush on Johnny Lee Miller since the Hackers days!!! I loved that movie....cereal killers, hahahahahaha!!!

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  20. I'm so glad you loved Emma with Romola. She's my favourite actress and thought she portrayed Emma very well. I loved this series and I cant wait to own the dvds, so I can watch it over and over again. :)

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  21. Nina: Romola is so amazing. Every role she takes is so magnificent. She's truly a talented actress.

    Jonita: LOL I LOVED those screen names ;) Acid Burn! Zero Cool! Jesse Bradford was never cuter either ;)

    Jessica: Whoot whoot! I hope you do ;)

    Kaye: Thanks doll :)

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  22. I haven't seen the Romola version of Emma, but I have read the book and seen a different version (Kate Beckinsale, I think) and after knowing the story of Emma, Clueless just gets even better! Thanks for reminding me I need to watch this one again.

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  23. i love both versions!!! the bbc was SPOT on!! So funny and just like the book.

    clueless is what i think a re-make should be. TOTALLY different while still maintaing the characters and basic qualities of the original.

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  24. I *almost* liked Emma in this new adaptation, but I still couldn't quite get there... She's always been my least favorite Austen heroine. *sigh* Glad you enjoyed both of these!

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  25. Oh, Paul Rudd. I think that Clueless is the reason for my crush on him. I haven't checked out the BBC version of Emma yet, but I have faith in their adaptations. I'll have to do pick it up!

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  26. Loved "Clueless." Still need to check out the 09 mini-series. Thanks!

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  27. I loved Emma when I watched it on Masterpiece Theater a while back. I never read the book though. It's not really the type of books I read. Although, oddly enough, it is the type of movies I usually watch. And I love the guy who plays Mr. Knightly but I can't think of his name right now. I think he was in Hackers (one of my favorite movies) and he used to be married to Angelina Jolie.

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  28. Gotta love Clueless. That brings me back to my childhood..ish days. :)

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  29. I saw clueless, like, donkeys years ago... but I have yet to see Emma :(

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  30. Cherry: LOL donkey years? LOL :D

    Heather: :) *high five*

    Michelle: I completely understand. For some reason I love sports movies but I hate sports. LOL :) That would be the ultra smokin' hot Johnny Lee Miller :)

    Texas: You won't be sorry ;)

    Lizzy: Right? I think that's when it started for me too :)

    Celia: She's is a tough one ;)

    Carrie: Totally agreed :)

    Lauren: I need to see the Kate one :)

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  31. LOVE the BBC version of Emma, just perfect. If you love Jonny Lee Miller in Hackers, try Plunkett and Macleane. SO good! Great post!!

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  32. i had recorded this bbc emma and never got around to watching it. then the hubby changed the tv service and we got a new box and the movie was lost to me. i've either got to netflix or buy it. so many people have liked it i may go for the latter ;-D

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  33. AHHH! I love Clueless so much! I recently bought it just because it never fails to make me laugh! A lot.

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  34. I haven't watch either of these. But thanks for mentioning! I have to watch them.

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  35. Oh, I love both of these versions of Emma! I do enjoy the Gwyneth Paltrow version too, but the BBC version is better :D

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  36. Sarah: It's been years since I've seen the Gwyne version. I should rectify that.

    Aths: O you must ;)

    Jackie Noel: Me too :)

    vv: It's SO good. I can seriously tell you - buy this one and you will not be disappointed. :) I'm so frugal that I never say that unless I'm 100% it's worth it. :)

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  37. Ooh! I LOVED the BBC version! Like you, I thought Jonny Lee Miller was amazing--a perfect fit (and he's adorable. Have you watched him in Eli Stone?). I thought it was a perfect adaptation until the ending, which felt rushed. Still, another score for the BBC. Re: Clueless = love it. Still love it. One of the few "teen" movies that's stood the test of time.

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  38. NAB: You have a point. The end was quick. Perhaps its the kiss that leaves me light headed ;)

    I need to try Eli Stone.

    Agreed! Clueless is still funny. That's a near impossible feat for teen movies :)

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  39. haha. Yes. It's a loooong time coming, but so worth the wait! There's something to be said for anticipation. I like romantic movies, but not all "romance movies" are actually that romantic. Did that make sense? :)

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  40. Nab: Agreed! I miss anticipation. Not enough films do it anymore. And you're so right...romance isn't always romantic. :)

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