Thursday, March 27, 2008
Gwyneth vs. Kate
Okay, so I'm 10 years behind (Gwyneth's Emma was released in '96 and Kate's was aired in '97) but I just saw the Kate Beckinsale version of Emma on Masterpiece and I'm interested to know what you think about the two movies. I read a few reviews on Amazon and it seemed that a lot of people preferred Gwyneth to Kate's Emma. I haven't seen Gwyneth's Emma for a long time so I am probably not a very good judge. Just having read the book, though, and from what I remember of it, Kate's Emma is so much truer to the book. Some reviewers said how they liked Gwyneth's light-heartedness and fun version of Emma and I can definitely understand that. I perceived Emma much more as Kate portrayed her however and so I preferred that version.
Mr. Knightley, of course, is another matter. Gwyneth's Knightley was much more handsome than Kate's which is always nice. :) However, there is a 16 year(?) difference between Mr. Knightley and Emma and I don't think that is very evident in Gwyneth's Emma. Kate's Knightley looks the part better and even though he wasn't really good-looking (though I think he would have looked much more handsome with a decent hair-cut), I think he grows on you more and more throughout the movie, at least he did for me.
So, for me, Kate wins this one even though I did really like Gwyneth too. Just as a side note, my husband HATES the movie Emma with Gwyneth. He thinks it is the most boring movie he's ever seen and says that it's two hours of his life that he'll never get back. Honey, would you be willing to watch the other version and see how it compares??