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  1. kenmorefield


    I was not pleased. I spend some time in my review speculating whether or not having an academic specialty makes me a more or less desirable viewer. Turns out less. But positive takes on RT aside, I'm reluctant to just dismiss my own reaction as an academic "get-off-my-lawn." Perhaps my hackles were raised by the trailer, which trumpets a "new vision" over angry string music. Huh? I would like to think that I'd have room for a vision that was not my own if it was a genuine new vision...but I could not really what exactly was new in the vision beyond some art design. I defended Jojo Rabbit from those who complained about tonal shifts. This is the movie where I think every other character is pulling in a different direction, channeling something different. I prefer the McGrath/Paltrow version, but I *understand* the Beckinsale version. I see what they/it are going for. De Wilde? Not so much. I mean, sure this is absolutely the adaption for people who think what Emma really needs is a shot of Mr. Knightley's naked backside. (Perhaps in that scene they are making a nod to A&E's young-Colin-Firth-post-swim, but...Knightley is not Darcy and Darcy is not Knightley. Even after the fact, I kept trying to convince myself that I was in the minority and that I must have missed something. Then I read de Wilde's explanation for why there is a period in the title and thought, no, maybe the movie just is trying to be different rather than new. "Vision" is an advertisers word to be sure, but what's the point of re-making Emma unless you have a vision for this material?
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