Posted by MB on September 23, 1997 at 20:50:55:
In response to Re: Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma, written by Peggy Haley on September 15, 1997 at 18:05:57
] ] I've been a loyal subject of The Republic of Pemberley
] ] and feel the time has come where I'm about to be charged with treason.
] ] I love JA's book Emma but the film adaption with Paltrow,Northam etc., has a lot to be desired.
] ] Paltrow can't act to save herself and her token effort in trying to be English amuses me.
] (snipped remainder)
] Thank you for saying it! She seemed to be concentrating so hard on the accent that she couldn't relax in the role. She did a middling job, but her intonation was so stilted by comparison to the British actors that she sounded artificial. Compare her with Greta Scacchi in any scene where the two are together. It's like a professional (GS) versus the lead in a high school production (GP). IMO, she got credit from people just for trying, but she hurt the film overall. I wish directors wouldn't go in for stunt casting.
] Peggy Haley
I think you guys are being a little hard on Gwyneth. Granted, she wasn't perfect (and Jeremy Northam was way too "dishy" for Knightly), but I think that her performance was in sync with the whole tone of this adaptation. It was by far the most playful and light of all of them. And after the first few scenes, I didn't really pay attention to her accent; it just blended in. But, then again, I'm just a stupid Yank!
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