Posted by Cassandra on June 29, 1997 at 21:45:40:
In reply to Re: Emma2, Emma3 and Emma4 posted by Haley on June 28, 1997 at 20:52:03
I can't believe I'm hearing this... you need to see Emma2 one more time just so you can see how happy she is! because she fairly bubbles in this movie and makes me almost cry with laughing! IMHO she is the person who really IS Miss Bates because all the other actresess just make you dislike her where as S. Thompson makes you see how she's "the best creature in the world but silly you must allow." she's my third favorite charactor in Emma2 so I MUST defend her ;-)
I agree Hayley. Miss Bates-truly not a better creature in all the world. And Thompson's portrayal, for me, was dead on, picture perfect. Sophie Thompson is a great comic actress, as she proved in Persuasion. The way she handles props, (oh-napkin-sorry)never missing a beat of dialogue-it amazes me. She is fall down funny in Emma2, but her Miss BAtes is never a caricature. The humanity and skill underplaying she brought to the Box Hill scene is heartbreaking, touching. She is ridiculous, irritating, but completely endearing, lovable.