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: EVEREST

CAST

Jason Clarke (Dawn of The Planet of The Apes)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko)
Josh Brolin (Deadpool 2)
Robin Wright (Wonder Woman)
John Hawkes ((Winter’s Bone)
Sam Worthington (Clash of The Titans)
Keira Knightley (King Arthur)
Tom Wright (Top of The Lake)
Martin Henderson (The Ring)
Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2)
Naoko Mori (Torchwood)
Mia Goth (Emma)
Michael Kelly (Changeling)

Josh Brolin in Everest (2015)In May 1996 several commercial expeditions at base camp of Mount Everest prepare for a climb to the summit. Rob Hall, who popularized commercial Everest missions, leads Adventure Consultants; Scott Fischer is chief guide for Rob’s rival, Mountain Madness. Rob’s clients include Beck Weathers, an experienced climber; Doug Hansen, a former mailman pursuing his dream; climbing veteran Yasuko Namba, who hopes to complete her final Seven Summits ascent; and Outside magazine journalist Jon Krakauer. Helen Wilton manages Rob’s base camp. A month earlier in New Zealand, Rob says goodbye to his pregnant wife Jan and promises he will be home for the birth. At base camp Rob receives a fax from her, informing him their baby is a girl. He wants to name her Sarah, but Jan disagrees.Keira Knightley in Everest (2015)Worried about climber crowding, Rob persuades Scott to cooperate to reduce delays. On the summit attempt, Rob’s group departs Camp IV before dawn, planning to complete the ascent and turn around by 2 pm, the latest safe time for return before nightfall. The group is delayed over an hour after discovering guide ropes are not installed on upper reaches of the climb. Beck has eyesight problems and stops. Rob tells him to return if his condition does not improve in a half-hour. Scott hurries back down to camp to help another climber, but plans to re-ascend. Rob warns him about over-exertion. Rob reaches the summit on time and is joined by other climbers including Yasuko, who jubilantly plants her Japanese flag in the snow. Descending, Rob encounters Doug struggling just above the Hillary Step and orders him to turn back. Doug insists on continuing, saying he won’t get the chance again. Rob reluctantly agrees and they reach the summit two hours later, well past safe return time. At the summit Doug is exhausted and increasingly suffering from altitude sickness. Also at the top is Scott, exhausted and increasingly ill from high-altitude pulmonary edema.Jake Gyllenhaal in Everest (2015)As Rob helps Doug descend, a blizzard strikes the mountain and Doug’s oxygen bottle runs out, causing him to suffer hypoxia. No extra bottles are stored on the route where Rob asked and he radios Helen to send someone up with oxygen. Doug, left alone briefly by Rob, semi-consciously unclips himself from the guide rope and walks unsteadily along the narrow path. He silently topples to his death a moment later. Scott’s condition worsens. He tells fellow climbers to continue descending without him. He lies down and later dies. Returning climbers reach Beck, his vision still impaired, but they all become lost as the blizzard obliterates the trail. Three climbers go for help, leaving Beck and Yasuko behind.Jason Clarke in Everest (2015)Guide Andy ‘Harold’ Harris reaches Rob with spare oxygen, but it is frozen shut. They huddle in place in the storm. While Rob sleeps, Andy hallucinates, a danger the camp doctor warned of. He strips off his outer clothing and slides off the mountainside to his death. In the morning, Rob radios Helen that Doug and Andy are gone and that his hands and feet are frozen. Helen calls Jan, hoping Rob will respond to her voice. Jan tells Rob that he must start moving. Rob tells her he is cold but comfortable and asks her to name their baby Sarah. He dies soon after. Returning climbers tell the camp that Beck and Yasuko are stranded. The weather, however, makes rescue impossible. Helen calls Beck’s wife, Peach, and informs her of the situation. In the morning, Beck miraculously awakens, sees Yasuko’s corpse and stumbles back to camp alone, severely frostbitten and in dire need of medical help. Peach calls the American Embassy and organizes a helicopter rescue. Nepal Army pilot Lt. Col. Madan Khatri Chhetri successfully flies a harrowing high altitude mission to evacuate Beck. Meanwhile, one of Scott’s guides, Anatoli, finds his body and moves it off the trail.Everest (2015)Returning home, Helen has an emotional reunion with Jan, who later gives birth and names her daughter Sarah. Beck returns to his family, heavily bandaged. Closing titles reveal that he lost both hands and nose to severe frostbite and that Rob’s body remains on Everest.Overall, Everest gave me exactly what I wanted. It was intense, emotionally powerful, and the visuals were beautiful. It’s not perfectly structured, but it sure is engaging. As someone who has studied the mountain, this offers a brutal look into how much time and energy is out into a trip to Everest, and how quickly things can go wrong. Definitely worth seeing.