REVIEW: EMMA (2020)

Johnny Flynn, Callum Turner, and Anya Taylor-Joy in Emma. (2020)

Starring

Anya Taylor-Joy (Split)
Johnny Flynn (Beast)
Bill Nighy (Detective Pikachu)
Mia Goth (Everest)
Miranda Hart (Spy)
Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country)
Callum Turner (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald)
Amber Anderson (Your Highness)
Rupert Graves (V For Vendetta)
Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones)
Tanya Reynolds (Sex Education)
Connor Swindells (The Vanishing)
Oliver Chris (Green Wing)
Chloe Pirrie (The Game)

Johnny Flynn and Anya Taylor-Joy in Emma. (2020)After her governess, Miss Taylor, marries and becomes Mrs. Weston, Emma Woodhouse searches about for a new companion. She settles on Harriet Smith, a girl slightly younger than herself whom Emma supposes is the unclaimed child of a gentleman as her parents are unknown but Harriet’s education has been provided for. Emma learns that Mr. Robert Martin, a tenant farmer of her brother-in-law, Mr. Knightley, has proposed to Harriet. Though she claims she will not interfere, Emma manipulates Harriet into declining Mr. Martin’s offer of marriage, much to Harriet’s distress. In the meantime, Emma believes that Mr. Elton, the local vicar, is in love with Harriet and encourages Harriet to transfer her hopes to him.Mia Goth and Anya Taylor-Joy in Emma. (2020)At Christmas time Emma’s older sister and Mr. Knightley’s younger brother arrive to spend time with their family. After the family leaves dinner with the Westons early Emma finds herself travelling home alone in a carriage with Mr. Elton who declares his love for her. Emma promptly refuses him and Mr. Elton disappears for six weeks and eventually returns with a wife.Johnny Flynn and Anya Taylor-Joy in Emma. (2020)After Christmas two much talked about members in Emma’s social circle appear. Jane Fairfax, the governess niece of Mrs. Bates arrives for a visit and Emma grows jealous of her. Meanwhile Mr. Weston’s son from his first marriage, Frank Churchill, also appears and Emma finds herself entranced by him. Frank’s arrival prompts the Westons to hold a ball. At the ball Mr. Elton embarrasses Harriet by pointedly refusing to dance with her. She is rescued by Mr. Knightley who asks her to dance. Later on Emma and Mr. Knightley also dance together and romantic feelings are awakened on both sides. Though Emma leaves before Mr. Knightley can speak to her he runs to her home only for their meeting to be interrupted by Frank Churchill who has rescued Harriet after she was set upon by gypsies. Harriet intimates to Emma that she has fallen in love again which leads Emma to believe that she is in love with Frank. Emma vows not to interfere but once again finds herself trying to manipulate circumstances so that Harriet and Frank may spend more time together. Meanwhile Emma tries to spend more time with Mr. Knightley and is surprised when he repeatedly ignores her.EMMA.When the entire party of their social acquaintance goes on a picnic, Frank Churchill urges them to play a game to amuse Emma. Emma unthinkingly insults Miss Bates during the course of the game leading the entire party to disband in discomfort. Mr. Knightley later rebukes Emma for her behaviour. A humiliated Emma later goes to apologize to Miss Bates who accepts her apology without question. Frank Churchill’s wealthy aunt finally dies, so that he is no longer required to be at her beck and call. The Westons reveal that he has actually been secretly engaged to Jane Fairfax and was waiting for the death of his aunt, who was opposed to the match, to break the news. The Westons had hoped he would marry Emma but Emma is only distressed on account of Harriet. However when she breaks the news to Harriet she discovers that Harriet is in love with Mr. Knightley. An astute Harriet realizes that Emma herself is in love with Mr. Knightley.EMMAMr. Knightley goes to Emma to comfort her about the news of Frank Churchill and to reveal to her that he is in love with her and hopes to marry her. Initially pleased with the offer of marriage, Emma develops a nosebleed when she realizes how upset Harriet will be. She decides to interfere one last time and goes to Mr. Martin to make amends, offering him a portrait of Harriet she drew herself. Harriet goes to Emma and tells her she has accepted Mr. Martin’s offer of marriage and that her father has revealed himself now that she is of age and is not a gentleman at all, but a tradesman who makes galoshes. Emma congratulates Harriet and invites her and her father to her home. Though Emma and Mr. Knightley are very much in love Emma is distressed at the thought of leaving her father all alone. To accommodate her wishes Mr. Knightley suggests that rather than having Emma quit her father’s home he join it. Emma happily agrees and the two are married.MV5BMTU2MDgxMTM4NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTc5OTEzMw@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1534,1000_AL_Fun, stylistic, and is basically everything you want from the film. The color palette was absolutely gorgeous. I really enjoyed this film and I think any audience member will If they are into period pieces

 

REVIEW: CINDERELLA (2015)

CAST

Lily James (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Richard Madden (Game of Thrones)
Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit)
Helena Bonham Carter (Dark Shadows)
Stellan Skarsgard (Thor)
Nonso Anozie (Conan The Barbarian)
Holiday Grainger (The Borgias)
Sophie McShera (The Job Lot)
Derek Jacobi (Ironclad)
Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter)
Ben Chaplin (Lost Souls)
Mimi Ndiweni (The Witcher)
Josh O’Connor (Emma)

Richard Madden and Lily James in Cinderella (2015)

Ella lives with her wealthy, loving parents on a beautiful estate in a peaceful kingdom. From a young age, she is taught by her mother to believe in the existence of magic, allowing her to befriend many animals on the estate, particularly the mice. Everything is perfect until her mother contracts an illness and dies. On her deathbed, she asks Ella to make her a promise that she will always have courage and show kindness to others. A few years later, her father marries Lady Tremaine, the widow of an old acquaintance, who has two daughters of her own first and deceased husband: Drisella and Anastasia. Ella welcomes her stepfamily, despite the stepsisters’ unpleasant attitudes and her need to protect her mouse friends from her stepmother’s cat, Lucifer.

Soon after, Ella’s father goes abroad on business, promising his stepdaughters gifts of luxury. Ella merely asks for the first branch to brush against his shoulder on the way. While he is gone, Lady Tremaine gradually begins to reveal her true cold, cruel and jealous nature, persuading Ella to sleep in the attic and let Drisella and Anastasia have her room. Soon they receive word that Ella’s father has fallen ill and died. Desperate for money, Lady Tremaine dismisses the servants and forces Ella to do all their work. Later, she refuses to let Ella eat with the family. One cold evening, Ella sleeps by the fireplace for warmth. The next day, she rises with her face covered in cinders. Her stepsisters consequently mock her as “Cinderella”, a taunt in which Lady Tremaine also joins; eventually, even Ella herself starts calling herself that.

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Crushed by her stepfamily’s cruelty, Ella goes for a ride into the woods, where she encounters a hunting party in pursuit of a stag. She meets one of the hunters, who claims to be an apprentice named Kit who lives in the palace. Unknown to her, he is actually the only son of the land’s dying king. Despite never learning her name, Kit (a nickname given to him by his father) is enchanted by Ella’s charm, kindness, and unique outlook on life and becomes infatuated with her. On learning that he has little time left, the King insists that Kit find a bride at an upcoming ball. Although Kit is required to marry a princess, he can’t get over the mystery girl, and persuades his father to let every eligible maiden in the land attend.

When the ball is announced, the Tremaine family is ecstatic at the prospect of marrying into royalty. However, when Lady Tremaine refuses to buy Ella a new dress, Ella fixes up an old pink dress of her mother’s with help from the mice. On the night of the ball, Ella tries to join her stepfamily on the way out. Lady Tremaine, claiming that her mere presence will disgrace them, goads her daughters into helping her rip up Ella’s dress, before leaving without her. Ella runs into the garden in tears and apologizes to her dead mother, saying that she doesn’t know how she can keep her promise of being courageous and kind. She then encounters an old beggar woman, who reveals herself to be her fairy godmother. She uses her magic to reveal her true form, and then turns a pumpkin into a magnificent carriage, four mice into horses, two lizards into footmen, and a goose into a coachman. She then transforms Ella’s dress into a gorgeous blue gown, complete with a delicate pair of glass slippers, before sending her on her way to the ball, with the warning that the spell only lasts until the final stroke of midnight.CINDERELLAAt the ball, the entire court is entranced by Ella, especially Kit, who had been hoping she would arrive. She wins the coveted first dance with him, whose true identity she is pleasantly surprised to learn. This irritates the Grand Duke, who secretly promised Kit to a specific princess—a fact that Lady Tremaine overhears. After dancing, Ella and Kit tour the palace and grounds together. But before he can learn her name, the clock begins to strike twelve, forcing her to flee and accidentally drop one of her glass shoes on the palace stairs in the process. She manages to get away before the stroke of midnight, and hides the other shoe in her room as a memento, reasonably content that her one night will become a beautiful memory.The-New-Cinderella-2015-MovieSoon after the ball, the King dies, but not before giving his son permission to find the girl and marry her if he wishes. When Kit becomes king, he decrees that every maiden in the kingdom is to try on the shoe. Ella goes to her room to get the other shoe, only to find her stepmother waiting with it in her hand. Lady Tremaine has deduced that Ella is the mystery maiden, and demands to be made the head of the royal household if Ella marries Kit and becomes queen. She also demands that Ella ensure that Drisella and Anastasia get proper husbands. Ella refuses, so Lady Tremaine smashes the shoe and locks her in the attic. She then takes the shattered shoe and identity of the mystery girl to the Grand Duke and convinces him to reward her with the title of countess and advantageous marriages for her daughters. The Duke takes the shattered shoe to the king, hoping to persuade him to forget the mystery girl, but this makes Kit more determined than ever to find her.

The Grand Duke and the captain of the guards lead a mission to try the remaining shoe on all the maidens in the land, but it fits none of them. When they arrive at the Tremaine estate, the shoe fits neither of the stepsisters. The officers turn to leave, only to hear Ella singing “Lavender’s Blue” through a window that the mice opened for that purpose. The Grand Duke tries to leave anyway, but one of the men reveals himself to be Kit in disguise, and demands that the captain investigate the sound. Once Ella is found, Lady Tremaine forbids her to try on the shoe on the grounds that she is Ella’s mother, but is overruled by the captain. Ella then curtly tells Lady Tremaine that she never has been, and never will be, her mother.

Ella and Kit are finally reunited. Kit recognizes Ella even without the shoe, which fits perfectly. The stepsisters plead for forgiveness. Ella leaves with Kit after forgiving her stepmother, who along with her daughters and the Grand Duke are forever banished from the kingdom for their act of treason. At the wedding, Kit and Ella are crowned as the new king and queen. The Fairy Godmother narrates that they become the land’s most beloved monarchs, ruling with the courage and kindness that Ella had promised her mother, and they lived happily ever after.

The Blu-ray picture is stunning the magic of the movie comes out in HD. As for the extras we have the Frozen fever short that would play out at cinemas before the movie, It’s essentially a sequel to the movie Frozen and runs 7 minutes long. The other extras are your basic mini feturette, but they get the job done and show how the movie was made. I would defiantly recommend the movie to anyone that likes Disney movies and for the guys who have Hayley Atwell and Lily James, what more could you ask for.