Okay, it's no secret that I'm not an Emma fan. This version even less so than normal. In the book, I find Emma less than brilliant. Essentially, she's not winning any Nobel Prizes for physics. But in this version, she comes off as a queen bee mean girl who is smart enough to know better. Austen knew what she was doing by making Emma more "Lydia" than "Elizabeth." I feel as if this version did not get that and so it's very hard to root for the "You can't sit with us!" character in finding love.
I don't know who the actress was that played her, but Miranda Hart, who plays Miss Bates really redeemed the movie for me. I do love that we get new versions of Austen for each generation -- and granted, I am not of this generation or even the marketing target of 18 to 49-year-olds, and while the costumes and scenery were gorgeous, I didn't care enough about any of the characters to stay focused.
I'm harder on the Austen adaptations, but the cast was pretty wonderful, so I think it was the script. Anyone see it?