From Emma to Persuasion, Jane Austen rules Netflix…for better and for worse

On the left, Anya Taylor-Joy in “Emma”, on the right Dakota Johnson in “Persuasion” Nick Wall/Netflix / nick wall

CRITICAL – If the adaptation of Persuasionwith Dakota Johnson, is calamitous, the rereading ofEmmawith Anya Taylor-Joy, offers a tangy vaudeville.

Jane Austen laughing, Jane Austen crying. The iconic Regency chronicler is in the spotlight on Netflix, which is home to two reinterpretations: one, perfect, ofEmmaand one, calamitous, of Persuasion. Signed by music video director Autumn de Wilde, Emma offers Anya Taylor-Joy, a mischievous as she wishes as an idle and sulky nobleman who improvises herself as a matchmaker, a platform that reveals her talent even more than The Ladies Game. This acidulous rereading should have been released in our dark rooms in the summer of 2020, but the pandemic sent it directly to VOD and DVD before the platform recovered the rights two years later.

From Jane Austen’s comedy of manners, Autumn de Wilde draws a meringue and pastel story that pushes the vaudeville of the original text to the extreme. Wes Anderson’s influence is palpable. Emma’s father is a hypochondriac in eccentric dressing gowns who has the tics and easy boredom of Bill Nighy. Emma is a flirtatious minx who watches…

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