I have seen several Emmas. I believe this is my favorite, primarily, because this Emma (Anya Taylor-Joy) is the perfect blend of headstrong, spoiled, meddlesome and smart. Better, when she finally gives in to her desire for Mr. Knightley (Johnny Flynn, who was totally different as the lovelorn, quiet good guy in Amazon’s excellent Vanity Fair), the timing is spot on, and she and Flynn play very well together. Best, when they argue, they stand their ground and then in charming fashion, fix a détente that all but they see as love.
Here is a not very good “Badly done” scene, mainly because Johnny Lee Miller just snaps and Romola Garai looks like she hasn’t a clue what he’s talking about.
Here is a terrible “Badly done” scene. Jeremy Northam is very good, but Gwyneth Paltrow starts at weepy and then just folds.
In this film, when Knightly upbraids Emma (I cannot find the scene), she does not crumple in the revelation of her awful behavior. She’s still pissed and fighting. Only later, after some time, does she make amends and then, not in a simpering fashion.
Moreover, this a master class in wordless chemistry.
Finally, you cannot do much better than Bill Nighy’s fussy, movingly emotional Mr. Woodhouse, plagued by drafts and daughters who abandon him, and Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles in The Crown) who chews scenery by the fistfuls as Mr. Elton.
On Amazon Prime.